Submitted gy: Richard Schuster
With the mounting effects of global climate change, and unprecedented rates of ecological degradation and species extinction, investments in habitat and biodiversity conservation are critically needed. New approaches to conservation are required to sufficiently maximize biodiversity resilience to these drastic changes. Carbon payments are one way to mitigate the negative impacts of climate change, and can help make conservation more affordable. Our work assesses how carbon payments can offset land acquisition costs for conservation efforts, and innovatively uses biodiversity metrics to understand how protected areas can be made more robust to climate change.