Conservation of urban biodiversity under climate change: Climate-smart management for Chicago green spaces

Abigail Derby Lewis, Robert K. Moseley, Kimberly R. Hall, Jessica J. Hellmann

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Chicago Wilderness, a multistate alliance of more than 300 organizations dedicated to restoring biodiversity, is leading the effort to bridge the gap between climate science and biodiversity adaptation practices in urban natural areas and green spaces. In 2010, Chicago Wilderness completed the Climate Action Plan for Nature (CAPN), which describes potential climate change impacts within the 221,000 ha of protected areas in the region, and actions managers can take to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change. The CAPN represents the first Climate Action Plan to address issues of biodiversity conservation in the Great Lakes region and is the only known example of place-based adaptation strategies for urban biodiversity. This chapter depicts the creation of the Chicago Wilderness Climate Action Initiative and the ensuing work to implement the CAPN, highlighting the challenges and importance of creating landscape level conservation approaches that integrate climate science information into best management practices. This collaborative effort can serve as a model for use in other urban centers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Climate Change Adaptation
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9783642386701
ISBN (Print)9783642386695
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Adaptation strategies
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate change
  • Urban


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