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