Advancing Connectivity Conservation in Changing Climates: Tools for Ecological Network Design

The Center for Large Landscape Conservation and the Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group, under the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, propose a half-day workshop inviting experts from diverse disciplines to learn about and discuss conceptual approaches for connectivity conservation, and provide input and coordinate actions to apply tools, including the proposed conservation designation Areas of Connectivity Conservation (ACCs), to design and manage ecological networks that stem habitat fragmentation and allow species and ecosystems to adapt to climate change.

The workshop program is anticipated to include the following:

  • Presentation: Introduction to connectivity conservation and the work of The Center for Large Landscape Conservation and the IUCN-WCPA Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group
  • Panel discussion: The unique characteristics and interactions of terrestrial, freshwater, and marine connectivity
  • Roundtable: The state of connectivity conservation in Africa
  • Presentation: A roadmap for advancing marine connectivity conservation
  • Panel discussion: The global infrastructure tsunami and solutions for Africa
  • Presentation: Overview of the consultation draft for the IUCN guidance document: “Safeguarding Areas of Connectivity Conservation in the Context of Ecological Networks”
  • Break-out groups: 1) Improving the consultation draft; 2) Identifying priority geographical areas for connectivity conservation; 3) Building partnerships for connectivity conservation
  • Break-out group reports
  • Conclusion: Next steps and launch of the Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group Southern Africa Regional Chapter

Species on the Move

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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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