Prof. Richard Corlett, Director of the Center for integrative Conservation at Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), attended a meeting of the Steering Committee of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Climate Change Specialist Group (CCSG) during June 20-22 in Yorkshire, England. The CCSG advises members of the Species Survival Commission on issues related to climate change and the Steering Committee initiates and leads activities within the group.The meeting was held in order to draw up a work plan for CCSG activities for 2017-2020, and 13 members of the steering committee attended the meeting.
The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is a science-based network of more than 10,000 volunteer experts from almost every country of the world, all working together towards achieving the vision of, "A just world that values and conserves nature through positive action to reduce the loss of diversity of life on earth".
Working in close association with IUCN’s Global Species Programme, SSC’s major role is to provide information to IUCN on biodiversity conservation, the inherent value of species, their role in ecosystem health and functioning, the provision of ecosystem services, and their support to human livelihoods. This information is fed into The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
Professor Richard Corlett is one of Steering Committee members of Climate Change Specialist Group, this group have 19 Committee members and 3 Other Participants. The responsibility of this group is to assess the vulnerability of species to climate change. It is necessary for developing effective strategies to conserve them. They have 11 themes to focus on:IUCN Red Listing and Climate Change, Climate Change adaptation support for other SSC Specialist Groups,Develop IUCN best practice guidelines for assessing species’ vulnerability to Climate Change,Support the new vulnerability assessments for priority species, with emphasis on those of importance for ecosystem services,Engage in IUCN policy at local national and global policy,Engage with IUCN SSC strategic planning development etc.
Past activities of the CCSG, in collaboration with other scientists, have included reviews of the scientific literature related to the vulnerability of species to climate change, published in Science and Nature Climate Change, publication of the ‘IUCN SSC Guidelines for Assessing Species Vulnerability to Climate Change’, and responses to queries from other groups in the Species Survival Commission.
The meeting was held at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, which focusses on education and supports conservation activities around the world. It also provides favorable support for regional and even global species protection policy.
The members of the IUCN SSC Climate Change Specialist group steering committee.
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