Regional Assessments: Phase 2 of the Project
Detailed regional assessments bring the expertise of regional scientists to bear on an analysis of protected areas and climate change. Regional assessments are conducted by the SPARC regional lead scientist and an assembled team of top scientists throughout each region.
Within each regional assessment, loss of species and ecosystem representation are assessed for individual protected areas and opportunities to restore lost representation identified using methods consistent with the other regions. Although the entire region is analyzed, each regional assessment identifies 2-3 multi-country focal areas that 1) are especially important for conservation under climate change based on region-wide analysis; 2) have scope for adding protected areas; 3) have ongoing or imminent real-world protected areas planning or implementation.
Focal areas are modeled at finer resolution, use additional analytical methods and are engaged early in the project in an effort to ensure maximum uptake of SPARC results in protected areas decision making.