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Decision and Policy Analysis Research Area – DAPA

Transferring Research to Local Partners: Ecuador

It is part of the philosophy of DAPA to share acquired knowledge and tools. Following this philosophy we work in cooperation with other organisations in order to strengthen our efforts to work for a regional sustainable development. On this occasion we held a workshop in Quito, Ecuador, together with the GTZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit). The objective of this workshop was to give an introduction to 17 technicians from the Ministry of Environment and local governments (at cantonal level) on how to identify potential distribution of plants and animals under current conditions and under future climate change scenarios. During 3 days of the last week, DAPA’s Emmanuel Zapata and Johannes Signer introduced some concepts of Geographical Information Systems with DIVA-GIS, the general theory of modelling the geographical distribution of species with Maxent and Ecocrop and an overview of Climate Change and Global Climate Models (GCMs).

Participants achieved first successes in modelling the potential distribution of various species with Maxent under current and future climate conditions. We then built models using presence points harvested from the GBIF database and compared current and future distributions using DIVA-GIS to identify where new habitat could be gained and where current habitat could be lost due to new climatic conditions. Finally a look was made on how good the models were and of ways how to test the models. See below the presentations done during the workshop.

Emmanuel’s presentation on DIVA GIS and Climate Change

Johannes’ presentation on SDM with Maxent

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