Deborah Jewitt , Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW), South Africa
x2019Talk xDiversity xVegetation xClimate Change xHabitat Loss xPlan xSouth Africa xAfrica
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Conference Session: VEGETATION & BOTANICAL CONSERVATION
ABSTRACT: "Planning for the Maintenance of Floristic Diversity Under Global Change " Debbie Jewitt
Global change, specifically land cover change and climate change, are recognized as the leading drivers of biodiversity loss worldwide. Habitat loss has resulted in a loss of biodiversity and led to significant declines in species populations. Climate change is altering species distributions, plant communities, and species life cycles. Conservation planning is required to offset these dynamic threats to species persistence into the future. This presentation explores the environmental drivers that create and maintain the patterns of plant diversity in KwaZulu-Natal and then predicts how these patterns may be altered in the future under global change. The threats posed by land cover change and climate change are explored and solutions suggested that will impart the maximum resilience to plant communities in order to maintain the full variety of plant species in the long term.