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Coral and fish in the Red Sea, Egypt.

Aquariums can play a crucial role in sustaining marine and freshwater species vulnerable to climate change

A team of researchers, including two members of the Climate Change Specialist Group, found great conservation potential in the wealth of fish and corals residing in the world’s zoos and aquariums. Their study, published this week in the Journal for Nature Conservation (April 2019),evaluated the conservation potential of 3,370 fish and coral species residing in 594 aquariums that share real-time data worldwide using the Zoological Information Management System (ZIMS). The study revealed that aquariums hold 21 percent of the coral species that are Vulnerable to Climate Change (VCC), Evolutionarily Distinct (EDGE), and assessed by the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM (IUCN RL).

For more information, see the Species360 Conservation Science Alliance 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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