Professor Richard Corlett co-hosted a meeting on climate change and protected areas with Professor Yongyut Trisurat at Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand, on August 28-29th, 2017. This meeting was part of a global project called ‘Spatial Planning for Protected Areas in Response to Climate Change (SPARC)’, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and managed by Conservation International.
The aim is to assess whether climate change is a threat to existing protected areas and to suggest how they can be extended or managed to compensate. The initial focus is on the tropics and Professor Corlett leads the tropical Asia component. The aim of the meeting was to bring together experts on climate change, biodiversity, and protected areas from around the region to discuss research needs and opportunities in the region. The 44 participants included scientists from Bangladesh, China, Cambodia, India, Malaysia, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, UK, and the USA. The participants from China included Professors Lin Luxiang, Sun Zhenhua, Kyle Tomlinson, and Yang Xiaodong from XTBG, as well as post-doc Tuanjit Sritongchuay and graduate student Sedricke Lapuz.
The meeting was opened by the Dean of the Faculty of Forestry, followed by a presentation from Dr PinsakSuraswadi, Deputy Director General of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. Dr Patrick Roehrdanz from Conservation International then introduced the climate change predictions for tropical Asia, based on a new analysis using a subset of the global climate models. Other presenters covered alternative approaches to assessing climate change vulnerability, as well as the availability of georeferenced species occurrence data in the region. Lin Luxiang and Sun Zhenhua highlighted the value of large forest plots for climate-change impact studies and Kyle Tomlinson described the potential impacts of climate change and rising carbon dioxide levels on Asian savannas. The second afternoon was used for discussions in smaller groups on potential regional collaborations under the SPARC umbrella.
As expected, the meeting raised more questions than it answered, but we were able to identify several projects that can be completed within the next year, and others that will require long-term research. The meeting also strengthened XTBG’s existing ties with Kasetsart University and the Thai research community.
Spatial Planning for Protected Areas in Response to Climate Change meeting in Bangkok
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