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IUCN study identifies tree species for climate-resilient reforestation

Saplings planted today will face dramatic climate changes over their 100+ year lifespans. Reforesting for the climate of tomorrow, a study published today (in English and Indonesian), analysed the traits of approximately 250 plant species native to Kutai National Park in Indonesia. The team of scientists identified species resilient to fire and drought conditions expected to escalate as the climate warms. Funded by the Indianapolis Zoological Society, Inc., the study also provides recommendations and techniques for climate-resilient reforestation efforts to expand crucial habitat for threatened East Bornean orangutans and other species. Authors of the study included three members of the IUCN SSC Climate Change Specialist Group (CCSG).

For more information, see the IUCN press release.

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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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