NaturAdapt is a 5-year project developed with the enthusiastic support of…

NaturAdapt – A dynamic collective learning process for Climate Change Adaptation

Credit: NASA/Reid Wiseman

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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[Siggen Seminar Outcomes]
Helping protected areas adapt to a changing climate

At the end of March, a participative online seminar was organised. We have compiled the information presented and the participant’s contributions. It is now online.

>>> Read the outcomes, now <<<

On this page, you will have access to many ideas and resources:
– The highlights of the program including recordings of the presentation that were given and presentation material for download
– A summary of the contributions that includes inspiring ideas on how to improve policies and a library of resources on climate change adaptation in PA
– An article on what we learned by adapting the seminar organisation under the constraints of the Covid travel ban

[Climate Change Webinar, ep. 2]
Protected Areas in a Changing Climate: a SWOT analysis

On the 28th of April, we held the second episode of a webinar series on climate change adaptation and protected area management that aims to help protected area managers answer this question. Some of the above outcomes as well as the SWOT analysis being developed by the EUROPARC Climate Change Task Force have been presented.
>>> Recordings and presentations are available here <<<

[Climate Change Task Force]
Meet the members

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).

>>> Discover who’s who here <<<

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.

>>> Read more here <<<

[Climate Change Webinar, ep. 1]
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.

>>> Access the program, presentations and recordings here <<<

[NaturAdapt Survey]
Results summary now online

A summary of the NaturAdapt survey results is now available in English. The survey was conducted early in 2019 as part of the LIFE NaturAdapt project . This preparatory action aimed to identify existing initiatives and to clarify the expectations and needs of European protected area managers to integrate climate change adaptation into management practice.
>>> Download it now <<<

Project objectives

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

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P.S. You can also download a short presentation of the project if this is helpful

NaturAdapt in figures:

5 years 

The life project #CC #NaturAdapt [LIFE17 CCA/FR/000089] will run from 2018 to 2023

€4.2 M

€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.

10 partners

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