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Climate Change Task Force

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CALL FOR APPLICATIONS IS NOW OPEN!

Would you like to get involved? By joining this participatory expert group, you will contribute actively to innovating in the field of protected area management, meet other experienced conservation professionals from across Europe and help to tackle climate change challenges both on the ground and in the policies.

If you are interested, please APPLY HERE by September 5, 2019
It will only take a minute and you do not commit to anything for now. 

BACKGROUND

Climate is changing. Should protected area management change too? To address this thorny question, EUROPARC, Réserves Naturelles de France, and eight other partners have come together in a LIFE Climate Action project called “Natur’Adapt”. The vision is that it is possible to transform this challenge into an opportunity to innovate and support positively nature conservation practice.

Natur’Adapt aims at triggering  a transition towards the adaptive management of protected areas, while laying the foundations of a dynamic collective learning process. 

This 5-year project [LIFE17 CCA/FR/000089] is developed with the support of the LIFE program, the French Agency for Biodiversity and the  French Ministry for Ecological Transition. Read more about Natur’Adapt  

What is the EUROPARC Climate Change Task Force?

In the framework of Natur’Adapt, we have foreseen the creation of a task force to provide advice during the course of the project and support the emergence of a debate on climate change adaptation at a European level and within EUROPARC’s network. 

The Climate Change task force will help Natur’Adapt project team to translate technical needs into a strategic vision for European and national policy makers. 

The task force will also provide the baseline for a wider dissemination of results and practical actions for a successful implementation of project outcomes in other European countries. 

The task force will be composed of up to 8 participants namely, protected area managers and experts from across Europe, a representative from Reserves Naturelles de France and EUROPARC project manager take care of the coordination.

Why do we do it? [mission]

This Task Force is established as part of the project Natur’Adapt. It is in line with the priorities identified in the EUROPARC Strategy 2015-2021 contributing to achieve the objectives set in priority area 3.4 Climate Change in Protected Areas ( Actions 3.4a and 3.4b).

The main reason to set up this group of expert is: 

– To provide advice and bring further expertise within the Natur’Adapt project;

– To contribute to raising awareness among decision makers and EU institutions about Climate Change impact on biodiversity and needs for adaptation strategies; 

– To provide guidance and promote action for Climate Change Adaptation within the European network of protected areas.

How do we do it? [workplan]

To achieve these objectives, the Climate Change task force, a participatory expert group, will review and advise the project team at specific stages of the project development and participate to produce a number of communication tools adapted to a European audience. 

Practically the task force is planned to meet annually for a 1-day face-to-face working session and to meet virtually when necessary. 

Note: Participation to this task force is on a voluntary basis. No financial compensations have been foreseen for the time spent and work done. Travel expenses to and from face-to-face meetings will be covered. 

What do we do concretely? [Planned outputs & indicators]

Previous experiences show that setting concrete deliverables and schedule is a must. Here is a working proposal to start with. Deliverables and schedule will be revised with the members of the group once they have been identified.

(Yearly) Produce and publish internally a yearly review of the project deliverables (Exact timing to be aligned with key project’s milestones. 

(October 2020) Produce a draft white paper for decision makers (at EU level and local? National?) on how to support nature conservation in a changing climate in Europe, and disseminate it to EU institutions, national MEP and ministers of environment. 

(March 2021) Develop the structure and key features of a Climate Change Adaptation toolkit for European protected area managers. The content will be produced and published by the project team and EUROPARC. 

(October 2021) Organise and participate in a seminar dialogue with European Institutions (Member European Parliament, DG Envi, DG Clima, DG Agri, DG Growth, Council of Europe) 

(Ad hoc) Contribute to Technical Workshops at EUROPARC Annual Conference.

Who is participating? [potential members]

– Up to 6 Protected Area managers and/or conservation/climate change experts 

– RNF representative and Natur’Apdapt Project coordinator

– EUROPARC’s project manager who will coordinate the task force (meeting planning, facilitation, reporting, …)

The ideal participant should:

– Be enthusiastic about turning the climate change challenge into an opportunity to innovate and support conservation and restoration of ecosystems in Europe.

– Have experience in or knowledge about:  Climate change and protected areas management and/or  in climate change vulnerability assessment and/or adaptation planning and/or adaptation measures implementation and/or policy making at EU or Local Level 

– Originate from a European country. Diversity of perspectives is important.

– Be proficient in English is a must.

Note: 

– While constituting this expert group priority could be given to EUROPARC and RNF Members

– CVs of group members should be submitted when the request for the establishment of the task force is submitted or soon thereafter. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Why does EUROPARC have commissions and other participatory groups?

The EUROPARC Federation is a membership organisation. It exists to serve the needs of its members as they have been identified in the statutes of the organisation and its recently approved strategy. 

As part of the Federation governance and structure, we have selected participatory task forces as a powerful tool to involve members, leverage existing knowledge, good practices and networks. 

What makes a good group ?

Groups working together with a common purpose, are good for people in that they can provide members with important social interaction, support and enriched opportunities for learning.

 A well-functioning participation group: can be good at finding problems; promoting innovation; can make better decisions than individuals on some kinds of tasks; can be good tools for implementation, in that group decisions to which members are committed will be carried out willingly; can also help fend off the negative consequences of large organisational size, by keeping communication lines short and hierarchies relatively flat. 

How do task forces usually work? 

The Chair and the Directorate will agree on specific work plan. This plan would include:

– Strategic theme addressed by the task force & objectives,

– planned outputs over 2 years

– indicators

– potential members if the proposal comes from a group of members,

– resources, and potential sources

– Plan of meetings, schedule of work will be agreed with the Directorate and the group.

How will financial expenses be compensated?

Procedures for eligible expenses and reimbursements will be provided. The Climate Change Task Force activities will be supported with travel and subsistence expense costs within a given agreed allocation, according with the project budget and LIFE program rules and procedures.

If you are interested, please APPLY HERE by September 5, 2019
It will only take a minute and you do not commit to anything for now.