Wallace Initiative

Wallace InitiativeDescription

Humans are largely dependent upon ecosystems and the services they provide. Over-exploitation of natural resources has led to degradation of ecosystems and to a reduction of the services available to society, exacerbating poverty and increasing vulnerabilities.

Observed climate changes during the late 20th century have already led to changes on ecosystems services and therefore on human livelihoods. The magnitude of these changes are likely to increase with increasing levels of climate change. Many ecosystems are projected to become more depauperate as the ecology of individual species track the changing climate at different rates.

Smart conservation plans therefore need to take into account changes species population dynamics and interactions. In view of that, it turns critical to act under a coordinated conservation framework that allows both the flux of information between stakeholders and the adequate preservation of biodiversity: The Wallace Initiative was created to fill this gap. Five major areas comprise the Wallace Initiative:

  1. Assessment of impacts of climate change on species distributions for (a) refugia determination and (b) improving knowledge on extinction risks
  2. Mapping of potential corridors for species
  3. Design of REDD mechanisms based on carbon distribution and potential refugia
  4. Drive protected area design in the 21st century
  5. Provide critical conclusions to aid the development of adaptation plans

Significant advances have been made by different partners in terms of modeling and conservation planning, including meetings with conservationists in Latin America (focusing in the Amazon).

This website seeks to map areas where species currently are, and where models project they will still be in 50 years time. Occurrence data for approximately 50 000 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and plants from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) data portal were used in this project.


The website was built using PHP, javascript, OpenLayers, CakePHP and jQuery.




Funding for the development of this site was provided by the World Wildlife Foundation. Other organisations that contributed to the site include:

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    • Welcome
    • Partners
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    • James Cook University
    • Coral Reed Studies Centre of Excellence
    • Cairns Institute + Disaster Studies
    • Centre for Tropical Biodiversity and Climate Change
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    • CSIRO
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    • NCRIS Activites
    • TERN
    • IMOS
    • AURIN
    • Griffith University
    • Track (Coastal Tropics in North Australia)
    • University of Queensland
    • SEMAT(UQ, JCU, UQ)
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    • Edgar
    • SEMAT
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