Climate change is predicted to have significant impacts on species, ecosystems and ecosystem services unless mitigation and adaptation measures are taken. The formulation of appropriate measures in Asia has been hampered by a lack of suitable datasets for climate change modelling. The project Climate Change Impacts on the Conservation of Birds in Asia has addressed this by compiling databases of geo-referenced point locality records of species of conservation concern in the Eastern Himalaya and Lower Mekong. These databases have been used to predict changes in species distributions under a variety of climate change scenarios, and examine how effectively networks of Important Bird Areas (including protected areas) in these two regions will safeguard species of conservation concern and their habitats in the future. This will provide the basis for future work to develop the mitigation measures and adaptive strategies that will be required to counteract the negative effects of climate change.

The Asia Climate Change Toolkit website has been developed by the BirdLife International Asia Partnership. It aims to provide links to various resources that were developed and used over the course of the project. These include sources of data on the distribution of birds and other biodiversity; methodologies to collect and manage point locality data; gazetteers and maps to geo-reference point locality records; the resources needed for species modelling; and information on relevant international conventions and national climate change policies. It is intended that the site will be further developed in future projects, including by the addition of the models of the current distributions of the project species and the projections of how their ranges might change in the future in response to climate change.

Project Partners

BirdLife International is a network of conservation organizations that operate in over 100 countries and territories around the world. The BirdLife Asia Partnership is a network of 12 such organisations plus three Country Programmes, covering 15 countries and territories. Partners are involved in projects to improve the conservation status of globally threatened bird species and protect Important Bird Areas, as well as research and monitoring, and environmental education and awareness.

MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.

This website was created with funds provided by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which has recently supported several BirdLife and Durham University climate change projects in Africa and Asia.

Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) is a membership-driven organization that has been promoting the cause of a natural India since it was founded in 1883. The mission of BNHS is the Conservation of nature and biological diversity through action based on research, education and public awareness.

Bird Conservation Nepal is the largest and oldest civil society organisation dedicated to the interests of ornithologists, bird watchers and conservationists in Nepal. It seeks to promote interest in birds amongst the general public; encourage research on bird biology and ecology; identify major threats to birds and act to conserve bird and their habitats. It also provides the most authentic information on birds and their habitats across Nepal.

BirdLife International in Indochina  is a regional programme of the BirdLife Secretariat that works to promote conservation in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. It seeks to promote the conservation of habitats, sites and species by working with government and non-government partners.

Durham University in the United Kingdom, is a world-class university that is engaged in: high-quality teaching and learning; advanced research and partnership with business; regional and community partnerships and initiatives. Experts from the School of Biological and Biomedical Sciences led the climate change modelling elements of the collaborative projects with BirdLife International in Africa and Asia.

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