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Reducing the vulnerability of marine turtles to climate change: adaptation options

  • What are the adaptation options available to us to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change on hawksbill sea turtles and the coastal and marine habitats upon which they rely?
  • Which of these measures can and should be implemented given current knowledge?
  • What are the additional benefits of managing coastal habitats for hawksbill turtles?

There are many avenues open to us to deal with climate change in coastal systems that are low risk and feasible for immediate implementation. Through expert discussion and surveys with conservation practitioners, academics and coastal managers, we identify several recommended adaptation measures that could reduce the vulnerability of sea turtles and their habitats to climate change. Finally, we discuss incorporating adaptation into current policy and the need to act promptly as we are pushed for action by ongoing climate change.


Monitoring the impacts of climate change

There are many gaps in our knowledge about the impacts of climate change on marine turtles. Monitoring how climate change is affecting marine turtles and their habitats can help us understand how populations are likely to be affected in the future and inform management actions. 

This report provides detailed guidelines on how to monitor the impacts of sea-level rise and erosion on nesting beaches.

This report provides detailed guidelines on how to monitor variation and changes in temperature on nesting beaches.

There are many adaptation options available. Explore the Resources section to find out more about adaptation options for marine turtles and coastal habitats.