How Can We Respond?
To meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), combat climate change and conserve nature we need to plan for species on the move. SDGs that depend on nature, such as access to fresh water and income from tourism, have to be able to adapt to changing natural conditions in order to deliver benefits to society. Representing all species and ecosystems in conservation areas requires that we understand and plan for species on the move. These core conservation areas provide stability and resilience in natural systems that help maintain carbon stocks and natural vegetation for fighting climate change.
To plan for these changes, we need to understand how fast climate will change in different parts of the country, how species will respond to these changes, including their sensitivity to change, and we need to understand how moving species will rearrange ecosystems. SPARC methodology emphasizes the steps needed to conserve nature when species are on the move. When we conserve high priority areas for species and ecosystems on the move, we are maintaining core areas critical for meeting SDGs and conserving biodiversity.