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Climate, Volume 7, Issue 9 (September 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Natural World Heritage sites represent the best places on Earth; places that represent unique [...] Read more. Natural World Heritage sites represent the best places on Earth; places that represent unique conditions to be sustained in perpetuity. Every site is subject to some degree of climate change influence. However, how that influence is expressed and the ways society addresses the influence are site-specific. Adaptation to sustain each site also must be specific. As such, climate change adaptation is a wicked problem with no clear action strategies. Wicked problems cause division among stakeholders. Further, adaptation resources are limited and each action is a tradeoff, requiring giving up an alternative. That requires each management team to implement strategies tailored to future conditions predicted at the site. That team has a responsibility to its local, regional, national, and global stakeholders to manage adaptation in a transparent and accountable way. View this paper.