Climate Change and Biodiversity in the Tropical Andes


The threats to the unique biodiversity of the Tropical Andes, from global climate change and human population growth lead to a new publication, “Climate Change and Biodiversity in the Tropical Andes”, edited by Sebastian K. Herzog, Rodney Martinez, Peter M. Jørgensen, Holm Tiessen. The volume, a product of the project “An assessment of research and institutional needs to cope with the effects of Climate Change on Andean Biodiversity” carried out by the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) and funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, present the first ever synthesis of the biogeographical patterns in the region as well as the first comprehensive assessment of how climate change is expected to affect tropical Andean biodiversity. This volume brings together current knowledge, examines knowledge gaps, and charts both future research and decision-making needs in the face of ongoing climate change. In discussing strategies for adapting biodiversity management to climate change, the authors highlight the necessity of a mix of protected area systems and strategies for sustainable land use that considers biodiversity will be needed. This book is a first much needed step in charting what we know as well as the knowledge gaps and decision-making challenges in this unique and vulnerable region.

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Author Sebastian K. Herzog, Rodney Martínez, Peter M. Jørgensen, Holm Tiessen
Publisher Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI) and Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE)
Publication year 2011
Language English

Themes: BiodiversityClimate change

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