Global protected areas as refuges for amphibians and reptiles under climate change

Chunrong, Mi and Liang, Ma and Mengyuan, Yang and Xinhai, Li and Shai, Meiri and Uri, Roll and Oleksandra, Oskyrko and Daniel, Pincheira-Donoso and Lilly P., Harvey and Daniel, Jablonski and Barbod, Safaei-Mahroo and Hanyeh, Ghaffari and Jiri, Smid and Scott, Jarvie and Ronnie, Mwangi Kimani and Rafaqat, Masroor and Indraneil, Das (2023) Global protected areas as refuges for amphibians and reptiles under climate change. Nature Communications, 14 (e1389). pp. 1-11. ISSN 2041-1723

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Protected Areas (PAs) are the cornerstone of biodiversity conservation. Here, we collated distributional data for >14,000 (~70% of) species of amphibians and reptiles (herpetofauna) to perform a global assessment of the conserva- tion effectiveness of PAs using species distribution models. Our analyses reveal that >91% of herpetofauna species are currently distributed in PAs, and that this proportion will remain unaltered under future climate change. Indeed, loss of species’ distributional ranges will be lower inside PAs than outside them. Therefore, the proportion of effectively protected species is predicted to increase. However, over 7.8% of species currently occur outside PAs, and large spatial conservation gaps remain, mainly across tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests, and across non-high-income countries. We also predict that more than 300 amphibian and 500 reptile species may go extinct under climate change over the course of the ongoing century. Our study highlights the importance of PAs in providing herpetofauna with refuge from climate change, and suggests ways to optimize PAs to better conserve biodiversity worldwide.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Uncontrolled Keywords: Protected Areas (PAs), biodiversity conservation, species of amphibians and reptiles (herpetofauna).
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation
Depositing User: Das
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2023 00:33
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2023 00:45

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