Albertine Rift

WCS Albertine Rift News


An assessment has been made by WCS Field Scientists of the areas where species are likely to remain stable under future climate change. The study, supported by the MacArthur Foundation, analyzed  how predicted climate changes would affect the key habitats in the Albertine Rift as well as threatened and endemic large mammals, birds and plants. It also assessed how well gradients in biophysical factors occur across the Albertine Rift as it is likely that areas where gradients are steep may be important for the ability of species or habitat to move as climate changes. The study shows that there is likely to be an average reduction in both species ranges and habitat of about 70% over the next 70 years if the predicted climate changes under Global Climate Models are correct.

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