Climate change and marine conservation

The 2015 MCCIP Report Card on marine biodiversity legislation showed that climate change is likely to have significant impacts on the UK’s marine protected areas and their features but identified a lack of advice on how protected features should be managed to build resilience to climate change.

MCCIP has therefore worked with some of the UK’s leading experts from academia and nature conservation agencies to produce a series of cards on how to manage protected species and habitats to help them adapt to climate change. There are seven cards, published in October 2018, each with a focus on a specific habitat or species, selected because they are known to be vulnerable to climate change impacts. Their conservation also helps support wider plant and animal communities; provides nursery grounds for fish and shellfish; and stores carbon that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere and contribute to climate change effects.

Cards available to download now

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