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New book proposes solutions to social and ecological challenges posed by climate change
Date:10/27/2011

The impacts of climate change on the world's land and sea will become more pronounced in the years to come. According to the authors of a new book, the impacts of this change will fall hardest on poor communities that are highly dependent on natural resources for their livelihoods, but much can be done to protect the environment and maintain human well-being in the face of climate change.

The book -- titled "Adapting to a Changing Environment: Confronting the Consequences of Climate Change" -- outlines how societies dependant on natural resources can confront the challenges posed by climate change. The book was officially launched at the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association's Scientific Symposium in Mombasa, Kenya (Monday, October 24 -- Friday, Oct. 28). Published by Oxford University Press, the book is now available through the publisher's website.

Written by Dr. Tim McClanahan, a coral reef fisheries expert at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and Dr. Joshua Cinner, a human geographer at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, the multi-disciplinary book uses the lens of coral reef fisheries of the western Indian Ocean to examine the consequences of climate change for ecosystems and society. Critically, the book develops a conceptual framework for how societies dependant on natural resources can confront climate change and provides an associated "tool box" of adaptation options.

"The coastal communities of Africa and the islands of the western Indian Ocean are particularly vulnerable to climate change and an effective plan of action is needed to avert human suffering," said Dr. McClanahan, lead author and head of WCS's coral reef conservation program. "The book fills a need by providing context-specific options for resource managers in building the adaptive capacity of societies and maintaining productive natural resources."

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Contact: John Delaney
jdelaney@wcs.org
718-220-3275
Wildlife Conservation Society
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