Conservation has long looked to the past as a guide to create a better future. We have traditionally focused on restoring damaged places to previous conditions, and preserving undamaged places, to ensure they persist for decades to come.
Managing change to minimise loss
However, even the most pristine and well-protected places are now under threat. Climate-smart conservation is about addressing those threats
- both existing and future - and building the resilience
of social and ecological systems.
Key elements of climate smart conservation
► Understanding the implications of climate change, including how human responses might lead to changes in other conventional threats
► Developing and implementing no-regret actions that address current threats, do not erode options for responding to future climate change, and avoid contributing to greenhouse gas emissions
► Taking an integrated approach to adaptation, contributing to nature conservation and fair, equitable and sustainable development
► Active learning to build capacity and work collaboratively to plan and respond to increasing change and uncertainty.
► Bringing about changes in policy that create an enabling environment across scales (local to international) for adaptive governance.
People and conservation
Climate-smart conservation recognizes the critical role that nature plays in supporting people's ability to adapt to the impacts of climate change.
It also acknowledges that improving well-being and reducing the vulnerability of people is crucial to achieving conservation objectives. Read more about how WWF works to link conservation, development and people's well-being.