Ecosystems & Biodiversity

Climate change coupled with the influence of other natural and anthropogenic stressors, particularly land-use and land-cover changes, can significantly alter ecosystem composition and function, modify natural biogeochemical cycles and affect availability of key ecosystem goods and services critical for human well being. START is committed to enhancing understanding of such impacts and facilitating knowledge sharing in support of adaptation planning in Africa and Asia through its Biodiversity Conservation under Climate Change and its Global Observation of Forest Cover and Land Dynamics programs. These programs promote advanced education and training, support the development of risk assessment skills, enable access to data and tools, and foster regional networks of individuals and institutions. They contribute to strengthening the capabilities of scientists and practitioners to better assess combined impacts of climate change and other stressors on ecosystems and biodiversity.