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Climate Change Adaptation Manual (NE751): Evidence to support nature conservation in a changing climate.


This Adaptation Manual suggests strategies for helping habitats and species to adapt to climate change. As well as being important for nature conservation and recovery, this is also important for ensuring that nature-based solutions can continue to deliver their benefits to people in future. The manual aims to support practical and pragmatic decision-making by bringing together recent science, experience and case studies, and points to a range of other resources and tools. It is not intended to be read from cover to cover: the chapters on different habitats, species and other issues are stand-alone documents and can be read individually.

The manual is for anyone involved in land management for conservation and amenity, including local and national government, statutory agencies, NGOs, managers of nature reserves and other protected sites, conservation and land management advisors, and environmental consultants. While the first edition in 2014 focussed on habitat management, this edition includes new sections on species, green infrastructure, geology and geomorphology, and access and recreation. It has been developed by Natural England and the RSPB, with contributions from the Environment Agency, the Forestry Commission and a wide range of other organisations.


Guidance type/project stage

  • Ecosystem management
  • Monitoring and assessment


  • Any ecosystem

Challenges addressed

  • Climate change adaptation
  • Biodiversity

Source | Natural England

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