Climate change threatens European conservation areas

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Miguel Bastos Araujo, Diogo Alagador, Mar Cabeza, David Bravo Nogues, Wilfried Thuiller

Europe has the world's most extensive network of conservation areas. Conservation areas are selected without taking into account the effects of climate change. How effectively would such areas conserve biodiversity under climate change? We assess the effectiveness of protected areas and the Natura 2000 network in conserving a large proportion of European plant and terrestrial vertebrate species under climate change. We found that by 2080, 58 ± 2.6% of the species would lose suitable climate in protected areas, whereas losses affected 63 ± 2.1% of the species of European concern occurring in Natura 2000 areas. Protected areas are expected to retain climatic suitability for species better than unprotected areas (P
Original languageEnglish
JournalEcology Letters
Volume14
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)484-492
Number of pages9
ISSN1461-023X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Research areas

  • Animals, Climate Change, Conservation of Natural Resources, Europe, Geography, Models, Theoretical, Plant Physiological Phenomena

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