Global Change Impacts On Biodiversity
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.