It may come as a surprise to many people that parks and other traditional types of protected areas simply cannot adequately protect wildlife. In these "islands" of habitat, animals become marooned and many times cannot replenish healthy populations. This is why CI is focusing on the creation of conservation corridors throughout the hotspots
and wilderness areas
Conservation corridors are designed to connect the islands or prevent fragmentation from occurring in the first place, allowing wildlife natural movement. Climate change
makes this even more critical, since warming temperatures are causing shifts in habitat. Plants and animals must be able to freely migrate to survive.
This new, ambitious approach made CI's corridor work the topic of ABC News' "Nightline" on July 12. These efforts also are featured in this newsletter, with reports on our work in Brazil
to restore natural links between the Pantanal wetland and Cerrado hotspot
, as well as our initiative to link Taï National Park in Côte d'Ivoire to Sapo National Park in Liberia
Conservation corridors can be created in many scenarios. In vast, undisturbed wilderness areas such as South America's Guyana Shield, we're working with partners to pull together a complex of protected areas that are managed across borders. In these cases, our goal is to divert threats
. At the other extreme, in severely threatened hotspots such as Madagascar
, we are collaborating with local allies to protect remaining natural habitat, and provide for steppingstones to permit the diffusion of species
through the landscape for natural repopulation.
Protecting species diversity requires this kind of adaptable and comprehensive approach. Conservation corridors take intoaccount a fundamental aspect of the natural world
– that species can only flourish if we remove artificial, rigid boundaries.