Climate change threatens European conservation areas.
Bottom Line: Conservation areas are selected without taking into account the effects of climate change.How effectively would such areas conserve biodiversity under climate change?Protected areas are expected to retain climatic suitability for species better than unprotected areas (P < 0.001), but Natura 2000 areas retain climate suitability for species no better and sometimes less effectively than unprotected areas.
Affiliation: Department of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, National Museum of Natural Sciences, CSIC, 28006, Madrid, Spain. firstname.lastname@example.orgShow MeSH
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Mentions: Uncertainties from extrapolating beyond the climatic values used for calibration of the models are restricted to southern Europe, particularly the Iberian Peninsula (Fig. 4), thus not affecting the robustness of the results in most of Europe.
Affiliation: Department of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, National Museum of Natural Sciences, CSIC, 28006, Madrid, Spain. email@example.com