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Global Change Impacts on Biodiversity
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Overview

The indirect impacts of climate change on biodiversity, through human responses, have not been sufficiently explored, as most of the work regarding the impacts of climate change on biodiversity focuses on the direct impacts (Pacifici et al. 2015). Studies that fail to consider how people are likely to respond to climate change will be systematically biased- a recent peer-reviewed ABCG study demonstrated that while some species ranges will not diminish due to direct impacts of climate change, they are highly likely to suffer habitat loss from human land use changes (Segan et al 2015).

This task group analyzes the various coping mechanisms of human communities to climate change and the impacts of these responses on biodiversity. It uses this knowledge to provide guidance on adaptation strategies to conservation organizations and African policymakers that will be the most successful for both communities and biodiversity.

Activities & Achievements

In ABCG’s first programmatic phase, the group documented unplanned human responses to climate change and their impacts on biodiversity across sub-Saharan Africa. The group is now working to scale these activities in its second programmatic phase.

Maps are created using survey data to chart human responses in relation to climate and conservation impacts, including potential adaptation strategies. The maps are analyzed to assess regions where people are likely to demonstrate varied coping strategies (with postitive and negative impacts on biodiversity) and compare them with maps of conservation priorities to determine where human responses are most likely to impact conservation.

ABCG uses this knowledge base to prioritize adaptation strategies that improve biodiversity outcomes while helping communities adapt to climate change. ABCG is reaching out within partner organizations and toward African institutions and conservationists to use project results to create effective communication strategies to target audiences that can impact future adaptation strategies.

News & Related Resources

Our 2019 Annual Report

ABCG’s overarching goals of mainstreaming biodiversity in human well-being and development agendas, promoting good conservation practices, and strengthening the role of social and development institutions in biodiversity conservation and human well-being, are being pursued within the context of six thematic foci:

Climate Change Updates: Supporting Communities Adapt to Climate Change

Climate Change Updates: Supporting Communities Adapt to Climate Change

Integrating Gender and Vulnerable Populations in Natural Resource Management

Women play critical land and natural resource management roles. According to a 2017 ABCG One Health report ‘based on gender differentiated roles, women are primarily responsible for care work that occurs in the domain of the home, including cooking, cleaning and caring for children and the elderly. Their high influence over water usage at the household level means they are most responsible for seeking and securing water resources. Women all over the world experience a far greater burden than male counterparts in terms of water collection, storage, and protection’.

October 2019 News Roundup

Our October News Digest is a roundup of news and events in the past quarter (July, August, September). Featured in the digest are updates on various activities that ABCG members have been involved in, including work on strengthening advocacy strategy planning in the Freshwater conservation (FW) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) integration activity. Included in the update is also news on a new toolkit published by IIED titled, Governance Assessment for Protected and Conserved Areas (GAPA). Methodology manual for GAPA facilitators.

News and Events Resources Roundup

Our July News Digest is a roundup of news and events in the past quarter (April, May, June). Featured in the digest are ABCG's successes in conserving nature and improving the wellbeing of communitiy members, during the period 2015-2018 through the collective efforts of our members and partners. In the same vein of successes stories, we also highlight another conservation milestone from one of Africa’s largest wildlife preserve, Niassa reserve, that marked a year without a single elephant found killed by poachers! 

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