Climate change poses a unique challenge to local conservation because of the drastic changes it brings to the landscape. As temperatures warm and sea levels rise, climate-change will challenge managers in new and interesting ways and demand updated, long-term management strategies for wilderness areas, parks, and ecological restoration projects. Across the globe, it is clear that conservation organisations and managers alike must look towards future climatic conditions, as opposed to merely historical conditions, in order to meet their goals.

In an endeavour that is increasingly known as climate-smart conservation, scientists, conservation organisations, and managers are working together to prepare for climate-related challenges. Climate-smart conservation is a set of conservation practices that connect climate change scientists with those doing conservation work, and integrates climate research into on-the-ground management solutions. “Climate-smart” may sound like a buzzword, but the term is allowing a diverse range of actors to quickly speak the same language as they produce research and develop management strategies for dealing with climate change. 

Value for Dubai

While average temperatures in Dubai are changing, and large projects such as the Palm Jumeirah are realised, smart climate and/or smart ecosystem conversations between all stakeholders, including researchers and conservationists (as realised in other global areas) could bear opportunity for more efficient and sustainable infrastructure planning and building.