NaturAdapt – A dynamic collective learning process for Climate Change Adaptation
Protected area management must adapt to climate change.
In Europe, Réserves Naturelles de France, EUROPARC and eight partners have come together in this LIFE Climate Action project to transform this challenge into an opportunity to innovate.
NaturAdapt aims at triggering a transition towards the adaptive management of protected areas while laying the foundations of a dynamic collective learning
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[Climate Change Task Force] Members have been selected
The call was very successful. We received 80 applications from all over Europe. 7 experts were selected after a run of interviews. The group was created in order to gather direct experience in the field of climate change adaptation in protected areas and a well balanced diversity of perspectives. Their objectives for the coming years are to provide advice to the Natur’Adapt project (1), to contribute to raising awareness among policy/decision makers (2) and to share examples and promote action for climate change adaptation within protected areas in Europe (3).
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[Article] How do we adapt Protected Area management to a changing climate?Protected Area managers discuss solutions
Using 2 case studies from Cascais Ambiente in Portugal and from Teide National Park in Spain, a group of 25 conservation professionals from across Europe discussed and identified key issues and ideas to solve them.
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Setting the scene: Nature conservation in a changing climate
The goal of this webinar is to help participants understand and objectively frame the challenges that climate change adaptation represents for protected area managers. It is the first of a series of webinars dedicated to climate change, that EUROPARC is organising in the framework of the LIFE NaturAdapt project.
Results summary now online
Concretely, our goal is to support a majority of protected area managers to adopt new adaptive planning and governance tools accounting for Climate Change.
We have set the following objectives for the project:
1. To develop the methods, tools and services that will enable managers to perform climate change vulnerability assessment and develop adaptation plans for natural protected areas
2. To facilitate the access to operational knowledge on adaptation that responds cost-effectively to the effects of climate change
3. To support the emergence of a community of practitioners that will share and collaborate on innovations
4. To raise awareness among all actors of biodiversity development and land use planning on the effects of climate change on the management of nature protected sites.
How do we achieve this?
The project will run over 5 years and is structured around 4 main steps:
> Run an in-depth survey (online and offline) in France and in Europe to better understand the problematics of climate change in Protected Areas and the adoption of adaptive management strategies as well as the needs of PA managers
> Create a community of experts to co-develop methods, services and tools;
> Implement and test the prototypes in the field: 6 pilot sites to start with and 15 mirror sites for further testing;
> Support dissemination and knowledge transfer through the creation of Massive Online Open Courses as well as a toolkit for PA Managers.
What does it mean for EUROPARC members?
The tools and methods developed will initially be tested by a team in France. In parallel, European protected areas will be integrated at all stages of the project through a series of actions undertaken by EUROPARC:
> a survey (online and offline) of current initiatives and needs of managers of natural areas in Europe (Jan- May 2018);
> the creation of a“climate change” commission within EUROPARC (May 2018 – July 2023);
> the drawing up of a white paper for European and national policy makers (Oct 2020);
> the provision of a toolbox and webinars on the issue (Oct 2020).
> The organisation of the 2023 EUROPARC Annual Conference on climate change adaptation and mitigation
I would love to hear from you.
If you have any experience in or questions about adaptive management of protected areas and/or climate change, I’d be delighted to talk about it with you!
Olivier de Sadeleer
Project Manager – LIFE CLIMA
P.S. You can also download a short presentation of the project if this is helpful
NaturAdapt in figures:
The life project #CC #NaturAdapt [LIFE17 CCA/FR/000089] will run from 2018 to 2023
€2.5M from the European Commission via the LIFE Climate Action programme, €500,000 from the French Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, and €500,000 from the French Agency for Biodiversity.
Réserves Naturelles de France [Nature Reserves of France], EUROPARC, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle [National Natural History Museum], Tela Botanica [French botanist network], LPO [Birdlife], ASTERS – Conservatoire des espaces naturels de Haute-Savoie [Conservatory of Natural Areas in Haute-Savoie], Fédération des réserves naturelles catalanes [Federation of Catalan Nature Reserves], Syndicat mixte du Parc naturel régional du Morvan [Joint Association for the Morvan regional nature park], Syndicat mixte du Parc naturel régional des Volcans d’Auvergne [Joint Association for the Volcans d’Auvergne regional nature park], Association Petite Camargue Alsacienne