Connectivity Conservation - safeguarding the future in a matrix of human-dominated landscapes
Convened by: Ancuta Fedorca, Santiago Saura, Mihai Fedorca, Mihai Nita
High human population densities and fragmented natural landscapes are characterizing the old continent; moreover protected areas with natural habitats are small and spatially disconnected. In this human-dominated landscapes, conservation and management efforts needs to be expanded into large scale, also considering the new IUCN designation of Areas of Connectivity Conservation. However, connectivity conservation is a one key response to the destruction and fragmentation of natural habitats by humans in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments. It is a critical response to climate change caused threats (IUCN ACC guidelines 2016). This symposium will address the following issues: assessing the effectiveness of the existing system of ecological networks, adaptive management measures and advocating for policies, plans and strategies that champion large landscape conservation, sharing values among stakeholders, directing scientific inquires towards solving common problems, collaboration opportunities in connectivity within the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group (CCSG) under its World Commission on Protected Areas.