Rewilding in the Face of Climate Change
Rewilding was initially defined as the protection of interconnected wilderness landscapes large enough to support wide-ranging mammals and other focal species, goals the proponents termed the 3Cs (cores, corridors, and carnivores).
However, effects of climate change on ecosystem processes such as trophic cascades have implications for the rationale underpinning rewilding strategies, leading conservation practitioners to ask what they should do differently when considering climate resilience in tandem with frameworks such as the 3Cs.
This webinar explores whether and how the threat to biodiversity from climate change prompts reconsideration of the central concepts of rewilding and other ambitious strategies for expansion of protected areas, and how practitioners can best address climate-related threats in protected area design through a 4Cs strategy: Cores, Corridors, Carnivores, and Climate Resilience.
Dr. Carlos Carroll is an ecologist with the Klamath Center for Conservation Research in Orleans, California. His research focuses on habitat, viability, and connectivity modeling for a diverse group of threatened species ranging from large carnivores to endemic plant species.