Protected Areas Planning for Species on the Move: Lessons from the tropics and marine opportunities.

Biodiversity, and threats to biodiversity, will be changing in response to climate change, affecting the context of success for protected areas. Many species’ ranges will move to track suitable conditions with increasing likelihood that they will move outside of the protected areas in which they currently reside. As species shift, ecosystems will fragment, adjust and re-assemble affecting habitat coverage and spatial representation across protected areas – placing investments in protected areas and their successful application as a conservation instrument at risk by climate change. This session seeks to synthesize the conservation recommendations from Spatial Planning for Protected Areas in Response to Climate Change (SPARC). We are also interested in decision support platforms to provide policymakers with integrated research products and tools to make informed decision regarding protected areas planning and management. Many national and sub-national assessments of climate change and protected areas now exist, and presentations are invited to summarize these findings.

Species on the Move

An International Conference Series

The conference brings together scientists and natural resource managers working in the disciplines of global change, biogeography and evolution, and relevant in contexts of natural resource management, biodiversity management and conservation, and theoretical ecology.


Species responses to climate change is a rapidly evolving research field, however, much of our progress is being made in independent research areas: e.g. understanding the process vs responding to the implications, terrestrial vs marine ecosystems, global meta-analyses vs in depth species-specific approaches. This interdisciplinary conference develops connections between these parallel streams, and across temporal and spatial scales.

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