PROBAE: Protect butterflies across Europe through climate refugia, 2023-2025
MSCA-IF-2020 - Individual Fellowships to Federico Riva
Gaps still remain in our understanding of the ecology and distributions of pollinator insects, particularly in relation to future climatic conditions. The EU-funded PROBAE project will address this situation by creating a framework to identify areas of conservation priority for pollinator insects across Europe. The focus will be on butterflies and climate change refugia, which will increase the likelihood of species' persistence in future climatic conditions. The project will use data on the distribution of European butterflies and novel modelling approaches to identify diversity hotspots. It will also assess if forests can increase the persistence of threatened butterflies in the face of climate change and determine which areas should be prioritised to protect climate change refugia across the EU.