Following Copenhagen, Publications and Other Resources Available on Climate Change

MPA News

Leading up to last December's UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, a variety of institutions published reports on the environmental and socioeconomic impacts of climate change, as well as strategies for addressing those impacts. A list of (mostly) new publications is below, adapted from one published last month by Marine Ecosystems and Management (, the sister newsletter of MPA News. Although not all of these publications and other resources focus specifically on MPAs, their lessons are applicable to the MPA field.

General sources

The Ocean and Climate Change: Tools and Guidelines for Action (2009, IUCN)

Managing Our Coastal Zone in a Changing Climate (2009, Australian House of Representatives)

Marine Ecosystems and Management, December 2009 - January 2010 (MEAM 3:3) - "EBM in a Changing World: Strategies for Proactive Management Amid Climate Change"

Management of ecosystems as carbon sinks

Management of Natural Coastal Carbon Sinks (2009, IUCN)

Blue Carbon Report: The Role of Healthy Oceans in Binding Carbon (2009, IUCN)

Ocean acidification

Ocean Acidification: The Facts (2009, IUCN)

Website of the Ocean Acidification Network

Website of the European Project on Ocean Acidification

Adaptation to climate change impacts

Natural Solutions: Protected Areas Helping People Cope with Climate Change (2009, IUCN)

Ecosystem-based Adaptation: A Natural Response to Climate Change (2009, IUCN)

Convenient Solutions to an Inconvenient Truth: Ecosystem-based Approaches to Climate Change (2009, World Bank)

Sea level rise

Planning for Climate Change: Leading Practice Principles and Models for Sea Change Communities in Coastal Australia (2008, National Sea Change Taskforce)

Working Together with Water: A Living Land Builds for Its Future (2008, Delta Commission [Netherlands])

Coral bleaching

A Reef Manager's Guide to Coral Bleaching (2006, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority)

Coral Reef Resilience and Resistance to Bleaching (2006, IUCN)

"Climate Shifts" blog on climate change and coral reefs