A climatic stability approach to prioritizing global conservation investments

Iwamura, Takuya, Wilson, Kerrie A., Venter, Oscar and Possingham, Hugh P. (2010) A climatic stability approach to prioritizing global conservation investments. PLoS One, 5 11: 1-9. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0015103


Author Iwamura, Takuya
Wilson, Kerrie A.
Venter, Oscar
Possingham, Hugh P.
Title A climatic stability approach to prioritizing global conservation investments
Journal name PLoS One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2010-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0015103
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 5
Issue 11
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Place of publication San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.
Publisher Public Library of Science
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract Climate change is impacting species and ecosystems globally. Many existing templates to identify the most important areas to conserve terrestrial biodiversity at the global scale neglect the future impacts of climate change. Unstable climatic conditions are predicted to undermine conservation investments in the future. This paper presents an approach to developing a resource allocation algorithm for conservation investment that incorporates the ecological stability of ecoregions under climate change. We discover that allocating funds in this way changes the optimal schedule of global investments both spatially and temporally. This allocation reduces the biodiversity loss of terrestrial endemic species from protected areas due to climate change by 22% for the period of 2002–2052, when compared to allocations that do not consider climate change. To maximize the resilience of global biodiversity to climate change we recommend that funding be increased in ecoregions located in the tropics and/or mid-elevation habitats, where climatic conditions are predicted to remain relatively stable. Accounting for the ecological stability of ecoregions provides a realistic approach to incorporating climate change into global conservation planning, with potential to save more species from extinction in the long term.© 2010 Iwamura et al.
Keyword Species distributions
Biodiversity conservation
Ecoregions
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online only - Article number e15103

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2011 Collection
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