Building a regionally connected reserve network in a changing and uncertain world.

Daniel Spring, Jiri Baum, Ralph Mac Nally, Michael Mackenzie, A Sanchez-Azofeifa, James R Thomson

Conservation Biology | Published : 2010


Habitat connectivity is required at large spatial scales to facilitate movement of biota in response to climatic changes and to maintain viable populations of wide-ranging species. Nevertheless, it may require decades to acquire habitat linkages at such scales, and areas that could provide linkages are often developed before they can be reserved. Reserve scheduling methods usually consider only current threats, but threats change over time as development spreads and reaches presently secure areas. We investigated the importance of considering future threats when implementing projects to maintain habitat connectivity at a regional scale. To do so, we compared forward-looking scheduling strate..

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