Integrating functional connectivity in designing networks of protected areas under climate change: a caribou case-study

Martin-Hugues St-Laurent, Sarah Bauduin, Steven G. Cumming & Eliot J.B. McIntire
Land-use change and climate change are recognized as two main drivers of the current biodiversity decline. Protected areas help safeguard the landscape from additional anthropogenic disturbances and, when properly designed, can help species cope with climate change impacts. When designed to protect the regional biodiversity rather than to conserve focal species or landscape elements, protected areas need to cover a representative sample of the regional biodiversity and be functionally connected, facilitating individual movements among protected...
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