Chile is seeking to design biodiversity monitoring network in the context of climate change
The development of a terrestrial, aquatic and marine biodiversity monitoring network design in the context of climate change, gathered national and international experts in Santiago de Chile, to share experiences on ongoing monitoring systems around the country and to establish a preliminary set of indicators for the network.
Lenin Corrales, researcher at the Environmental Modeling Laboratory of the Climate Change and Watersheds Program at CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), commented that the network is part of the National Climate Change Adaptation Plan for biodiversity in Chile, which will be used as the main instrument to provide reliable data to establish strategies and policies for biodiversity´s conservation and adaptation to climate change.
According to Corrales, it is extremely important to establish a biodiversity monitoring network that takes into account climate change, to understand the impacts of future climate scenarios on biodiversity. It is vital to monitor occurring and future changes on biodiversity. This will provide the basis for decision makers to propose adaptation policies.
Experts workshop was held in Santiago de Chile, 14th and 15th of July, organized by CATIE´s technical assistance, the Climate Technology Centre and Network of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF, for its acronym in English) and the Ministry of Environment of Chile. Experts attending the workshop came from CATIE (Environmental Modeling Laboratory of Program), the Healthy Reef Monitoring Program, Sierra Nevada´s Global Change monitoring program in Spain, New Zealand´s Conservation Department, Chilean universities research centers, biodiversity management public institutions and Chile´s Ministry of Environment.
Next steps will focus on the development of biodiversity monitoring protocols, hardware and software requirements to implement this protocols and validation and socialization of the protocol requirements. For more information: Lenin Corrales Environmental Modeling Laboratory Climate Change and Watersheds Program CATIE.
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Environmental Modeling Laboratory Climate Change and Watersheds Program CATIE