Conservation corridors: a hot topic

We live in an increasingly fragmented world, and that is posing serious problems for wildlife--especially in the face of rising climate change, which can create an imperative for species to move elsewhere.

A possible way to help counter the harmful effects of habitat fragmentation is conservation corridors--linkages between remnant habitats that have been called 'bandages for wounded landscapes'.

Landscape linkages--a conservation corridor in north Queensland, Australia.

Landscape linkages--a conservation corridor in north Queensland, Australia.

This week sees two important developments in corridor research.  The first is a feature by the leading environmental website Mongabay.com of Stuart Pimm's longstanding efforts to use corridors to reconnect fragmented habitats.  Pimm is a global conservation leader and ALERT member.

The second development is an unusually important paper in Nature Climate Change by Patrick Jantz and colleagues that identifies priority areas for conservation corridors in the tropics. The authors assessed thousands of potential corridors between tropical protected areas, and their potential both for aiding biodiversity and for protecting forest carbon stocks.

These are important efforts and show why conservation corridors are a hot topic in both environmental research and practice.

ALERT supports online petition for Leuser Ecosystem

ALERT's first policy issue is the Leuser Ecosystem in Sumatra Indonesia. It is the last surviving lowland rainforest on the island and "it is the last place on Earth where elephants, tigers, rhinoceros and orangutans still coexist”. The local government is being pressured to allow for this area to be developed. We are advocating that the Leuser Ecosystem should be conserved as a World Heritage area. 

Earlier in the week, we participated in faxing a well-prepared letter to 30 Indonesian and international officials. We also sent a press release about the issue to hundreds of environmentally-focused media reporters.

Today we are circulating an online petition that has already garnered 12,600 supporters through our social media channels. Less than 2500 signatures are needed. Please add your support by signing the petition here: http://www.change.org/id/petisi/protect-the-leuser-ecosystem-declare-it-a-world-heritage

Thanks to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme for creating these tweets to support the issue. Please use some of the tweets below or customize your own. <strong>It is important that you TAG @SBYudhoyono,&nbsp;@presidenSBY</strong> and use #SaveAceh and/ or #SelamatkanAceh

 

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