A changing Arctic means a changing management and conservation reality and needs. In order to adapt policies, planning and management to best support arctic ecosystem resilience rather than weaken it, we need to reform management approaches as well as improve our conservation targets: which are the ecosystem functions that support ecosystem resilience, and which of those are likely to persist in light of a changing climate?
Recognising that current approaches to managing often-vulnerable arctic habitats and species are not keeping pace with accelerating climate change, RACER instead locates sources of ecological strength and durability in today’s arctic ecosystems - ecosystem resilience - and looks ahead to whether these wellsprings of resilience will persist in a climate-altered future.
Focusing conservation attention on these enduring sources of resilience is important for the continued functioning of arctic ecosystems, including the ecological services people receive from them.
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From the experts
Experts discuss resilience in the Arctic.
Featuring: Martin Sommerkorn, WWF; Don McLennon, Parks Canada; Sahotra Sarkar, University of Texas; John Roff, Natural Resources Canada; Terry Callaghan, Abisko Research Station, Sweden; Arkady Tishkov, Russian Academy of Sciences; Brendan Kelly, NOAA; Maria Gavrilo, Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute St. Petersburg, Russia; James Snider, WWF
"We must plan for a world of change if we wish to conserve arctic ecological systems, including the services they provide to people."
Robert W Corell (from the foreword of the RACER Handbook)
RACER in practice
"In 2009, I found myself in a remote part of Sweden discussing options for arctic conservation with an elite group of researchers from around the world. After a few days, I was soon confronted with the radical new thinking we (conservationists, land-use managers, decisions makers) would need to embrace to be successful in conserving arctic ecosystems under conditions of rapid change."
WWF-Canada's Susan Evans shares the lessons learned while creating the RACER methodology.
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