Mitigating the impacts of climate change on biodiversity

mangroves, pollution, sea-walls

Climate change is a major threat to biodiversity, ecosystem services and human wellbeing.  Mitigating its effects on living organisms and societies is increasingly at the heart of environmental management strategies, which need to be informed by the best science available in order to succeed.  Predicting the ecological, economical and societal consequences of climate change requires a novel scientific approach that goes beyond traditional ecological research – we now need to capitalise on novel technologies, encourage collaboration between research disciplines, engage with society and support decision-making processes at local, national and international scales.

Research at the Institute of Zoology is improving our understanding of how climate change impacts the distribution and functioning of biodiversity and how this threat interacts with other threats, such as habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, poaching, disease and invasive species.

Our work evaluates species ecosystem vulnerability to global environmental change and explores how multiple environmental agendas can be integrated for the benefits of wildlife and people in the face of increasingly challenging climatic conditions.  Our work aims to:  

  • Identify the populations, species and ecosystems most vulnerable to change in climate and prioritize the most effective conservation actions
  • Improve our understanding of the drivers and consequences of species redistributions driven by climate change
  • Develop, implement and promote wildlife-based measures to climate change mitigation.
Mangroves in the Philippines

Mangroves are one of the most ecologically- and economically-important...

A male speckled wood Butterfly

Studying UK species on the move due to climate change.

Elephants in water

Disentangling the dual challenge of climate change and land use change in a...

Horses

ZSL is working to develop Rewilding into an effective conservation tool for...

Peat swamp forest in Kalimantan

ZSL is supporting efforts to map the loss of peat swamp forest in Sumatra,...

Komodo dragon, ZSL

Climate change is rapidly impacting biodiversity all over the world, but how...