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Purplish-mantled Tanager (Iridosornis porphyrocephala) © Natalia Ocampo-Peñuela

New technology enables better mapping of where species live

A long-standing limitation to conservation has been our poor understanding of where species live. The past decade has witnessed an explosion of available data, and a variety of approaches have been proposed for applying these new data to mapping species distributions. A new paper, published in “Trends in Ecology and Evolution,”” synthesises these approaches into a method for deriving a high-resolution map of where a species might live, called its “Area of Habitat.”

Calculation of Area of Habitat (AOH) requires linking the habitat data to remotely sensed land cover data, and linking these to maps of elevation. This technique has already been applied to generate Area of Habitat maps for more than 20,000 species of mammals, birds, and amphibians, combining data from the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species with remotely sensed data.

The team of researchers, led by IUCN’s Chief Scientist Dr. Thomas Brooks, included four members of the Climate Change Specialist Group. For more information see the IUCN press release here.

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Welcome to the the Climate Change Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission

The key objectives of this group are (1) to provide the IUCN Species Survival Commission with strategic guidance, support and information on climate change related risks to biodiversity and conservation responses, (2) to promote coordinated responses to climate change within and among the IUCN Species Survival Commission, IUCN programmes and IUCN partner organizations, (3) to catalyse and support sound science, effective policy and evidence-based conservation practice informed by a deeper understanding of climate change, its impacts on biodiversity, and the responses required.

This specialist group was established in 2013 as a Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission.

Vision

Biodiversity is conserved in a changing climate

Mission

To support and strengthen nature conservation in a changing climate

Objectives

The IUCN SSC Climate Change Specialist Group has three key objectives:

  1. To provide the IUCN Species Survival Commission with strategic guidance, support and information on climate change related risks to biodiversity and conservation responses

2. To promote coordinated responses to climate change within and among the IUCN Species Survival Commission, IUCN programmes and IUCN partner organizations

3. To catalyse and support sound science, effective policy and evidence-based conservation practice informed by a deeper understanding of climate change, its impacts on biodiversity, and the responses required

Operating Domain

The CCSG is an international collaboration of experts working at the interface between the science, policy and practice sectors of conservation.

Activities

To achieve our objectives, the SG works under 5 broad themes, each of which involves integration across the Science-Policy-Practice framework:

1. Understanding Impacts
2. Assessing Vulnerability
3. Developing Adaptation Responses
4. Informing Policy
5. Supporting the Species Survival Commission

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