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Climate, Volume 8, Issue 4 (April 2020) – 11 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) There is considerable concern worldwide over the potential impacts of plant invasions in protected [...] Read more. There is considerable concern worldwide over the potential impacts of plant invasions in protected areas (PAs). To understand the potential risks of plant invasions in PAs in Sri Lanka, we conducted an analysis using the maximum entropy (MaxEnt) approach and tested how species invasion may change in PAs under climate change. We evaluated how the climate suitability of 14 invasive alien plant species (IAPS) will vary within PAs and outside PAs by 2050 under climate change scenarios. Our findings suggest there will be increased risks from multiple IAPS inside PAs and outside PAs in Sri Lanka; however, the potential risk is comparatively lower in PAs. The findings highlight important implications for the strategic management of plant invasions in PAs in order to safeguard biodiversity, with special reference to vertebrates. View this paper