Animal movements: Ecosystem and societal impacts

Animal movements are a feature of all ecosystems. Movements link ecosystems by transporting nutrients, energy, genetic material, reproduction, foraging and being eaten. Many migrations and movements have been lost and many are under threat of being lost, due to rapidly occurring global changes, both in land and water use and climate. The loss or hindrance of movements has implications; both on species persistence and the ecosystems they link, as well as the ecosystem services and human development. As habitats are modified and humans also move closer to animals, the likelihood of transmission of zoonotic diseases also increases rapidly and human wildlife conflicts are high. This makes movement an important societal issue with many social, human health, political, and economic dimensions. Such issues indeed form societal opinions as well as form attitudes towards nature and developments. However, we still know relatively little about the movements of most species; when the human impacts on movements are high and conservation, management and sustainable development are the needs of the hour. This thematic workshop is aimed to bring together the researchers, stakeholders and funders to encounter the issue heads on and develop a path for future work and urgent needs on the topic and its global appeal.

More information can be found in the SLU-SSEESS Thematic Workshop on Animal movements

The report from the workshop can be downloaded here: summary-of-animal-movements



Navinder J Singh
Associate Professor
Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies
Faculty of Forest Sciences
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences