Climate change affects the populations and distributions of species, the composition of ecological communities, and nature’s provision of goods and services – such as food, fuel and clean water. Climate change also compounds other major threats to biodiversity, such as invasive alien species, habitat fragmentation and overexploitation.
Some areas in the country, particularly the south-western part are naturally dry, however, it has been observed over the past couple of years that the dry seasons are becoming longer and the wet seasons shorter. This has had a negative impact on the birdlife in that area. One such area, also housing a species of global conservation concern is Machile and Simungoma.
Birds are a particularly good indicator of environmental change for several reasons: Each species of bird has adapted or evolved to favor certain habitat types, food sources, and temperature ranges. Climate change and global warming using birds as indicators in Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) through sustainable utilisation and management of ecosystems and the services they provide.
Without ambitious mitigation efforts, global average temperature rise this century will exceed the globally agreed goal of keeping temperatures well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.
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