Climate change is projected to have a significant effect upon the future rate of biodiversity loss. There is therefore an urgent need to identify the key mechanisms underpinning climate change impacts on biodiversity in order to best select climate change adaptation strategies. It is also essential that the scale of these changes are clearly communicated to policy and decision-makers.
With these aims in mind, the Shared Challenges Programme convened meetings in early 2011 to discuss ways in which CCI could develop collaborative projects centred on climate change impacts on wildlife. These meetings led to the development of two CCI-funded projects (click on the links below to find out more about each one):
- ‘Mechanisms underpinning climate change impacts on global biodiversity’ (Collaborative Fund)
- ‘Developing a framework to inform climate change adaptation for global biodiversity’ (Workshop Fund)
During these meetings, CCI partners were also invited to help shape the agenda and provide recommendations of speakers at a conference on a related topic, organised by the RSPB in collaboration with Natural England and WWF-UK. The day-long conference, ‘Climate Change: Biodiversity and People on the Front Line’, took place at the Royal Society on the 9th November 2011 and its aim was to highlight the impacts of climate change on wildlife and people, now and in the future. A report based on this meeting can be found on the RSPB website.