Spatial Planning of area-based conservation for climate change: Terrestrial and Marine perspectives

Lee Hannah, Patrick Roehrdanz

Species on the Move (SOTM)  present unique challenges for protected areas and other area-based conservation efforts that are fixed in space.  Nearly a decade of research now shows that area-based conservation deployed in the right places can minimize extinctions due to SOTM.  But multiple methods of planning conservation for SOTM have been proposed, and no standardized global spatial planning priorities exist.  The SPARC project (Spatial Planning of Area Conservation in Response to Climate Change) is a GEF-funded research effort to identify the places that best conserve species on the move across the tropics on land.  In the sea, multiple regional efforts are pioneering the tools and data needed to conserve marine species on the move.  This presentation introduces the terrestrial and marine challenges that talks in this theme address.

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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