Winners and Losers in a Changing Climate: How Will Protected Areas Conserve Red List Species Under Climate Change?

April 24, 2022

2021 Wall Scholar Jonathan Davies (Botany and Forest & Conservation Sciences, UBC) has co-authored a paper with South African scholars Lerato Hoveka and Michelle van der Bank that asks how protected areas will conserve red-list species under climate change.

The article appears in the April 2022 issue of Diversity and Distributions – A Journal of Conservation Biogeography.

From the abstract:

A fundamental challenge to protected area-based conservation is that protected areas are typically established under assumptions of environmental stationarity. With a rapidly changing climate, this assumption of stationarity is violated, and climate change could push some species beyond the bounds of currently protected areas. Here, we evaluate the efficacy of protected areas in conserving threatened plant biodiversity under future climate projections.

You can read the complete article here.