Monday, 24 February 2014

Vital tropical wildlife corridors identified on maps in a new study

February 2014: A scientific team from the Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) in Massachusetts have created maps of habitat corridors connecting protected areas in the tropics. The aim is to identify those areas that will become vital routes for the distribution of flora and fauna as climate change and human spread into the forests affect native populations. 

Climate change and deforestation are changing tropical ecosystems, isolating organisms in protected areas that will change along with the climate, and therefore threatening their survival. Nearly every animal and plant species requires travelling some distance for nutrition, reproduction and genetic diversity, but few conservation or climate mitigation strategies take the connections between conserved lands into account. These habitat corridors are essential for longer-term biodiversity conservation.

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