Title: Will Forest Preserves Protect Temperate and Boreal Biodiversity from Climate Change ?
Authors: MARTIN Philippe
Citation: Forest Ecology and Management vol. 85 p. 335-341
Publication Year: 1997
JRC N°: JRC13111
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC13111
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Biological diversity is a rapidly declining global resource. Exploding human populations degrade the environment, destroy the habitats of other species, decimate their populations, and progressively alter the global climate. Setting aside certain areas and protecting them is necessary. It is a vital emergency measure. Nevertheless, with the prospects of impending "greenhouse" -indiced climatic changes, this may not be enough. A numerical simulation model of the global terrestrial biosphere and quantitative indices of site biological diversity are used to predict the responce of potential vegetation to climate perturbations and to estimate the changes in global biological diversity which may result. This study confirms that climate change is likely to put globalbiological diversity, in general, and biodiversity in temperate and boreal biomes, in particular, in peril. Moreover, geographically protected areas, such as World Heritage sites, are threatened as well. If conservation is to meet its mandate, if conservation is to actually preserve the variety of life, it cannot limit itself to protecting continents and water bodies. Conservation should also include less tangible resources such as the atmosphere and the global climate. From the standpoint of global biodiversity preservation, limiting the magnitude and/or the rate of climate change would be most beneficial.
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