Managing genetic diversity ‘essential’ for species to adapt to climate change

3 March 2020

After more than 240 days, the Australian state of New South Wales is finally free from bushfires, officials there announced last week.

But the massive wildfires have scorched millions of acres in the country since July last year, and Australia remains highly vulnerable to further natural disasters.

In an interview with UN News, Jennifer Pierson, Wildlife Program Leader at the Tidbinbilla Nature Park, just outside Canberra, said that climate change needs to start being integrated in conservancy programs, and more genetic diversity management is needed.

Ms. Pierson began by telling Julia Dean from our UN Information Centre in the Australian capital, how the park was evacuated, which included removing close to a thousand Corroboree frogs and other endangered animals.

Audio Credit:
UN News/ Julia Dean
Audio Duration:
9'28"

 

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