Slide 20: Benefits associated with different adaptation options
So, what are the benefits of the different conservation options presented? Assuming the proteas are a suitable indicator species, we can expect to see extinction of approximately 10% of the species despite all conservation efforts, and gene or seed banking is the only viable option for these species. 181 of the proteas are likely to adapt to climate change, or will manage to survive in situ despite changing climatic conditions. For the 81 partial dispersers, which need to migrate to deal with climate change, the expanded protection area and matrix is necessary for survival. As for the 18 obligate dispersers, it is unclear what adaptation options they have. They are likely to survive by moving to more suitable areas, but it is unclear to what extent their movement will be impeded by the current levels of anthropogenic transformation of the land.