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Climate Change Task Force

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Why a EUROPARC climate change task force ? 

This Task Force is established as part of the project LIFE 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 LIFE 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.

Who’s on board?

About 80 conservation professionals applied to get involved. We are now running the selection process to create a balanced and efficient team.

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. 

Task force members:
  • Ainhize Butrón, Ihobe – ESP
  • Gerald Plattner, Austrian Federal Forests – AUT
  • Lorenzo Merotto, Portofino Marine Protected Area, IT
  • Myrthe Fonck, Puur Water & Natuur – NLD
  • Santtu Kareksela, Parks & Wildlife Finland (Metsähallitus) – FIN
  • Stewart Pritchard, Scottish Natural Heritage, UK
  • Viorica Bisca, Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority – ROU
Invited expert:
  • José Atauri, EUROPARC-Spain/FUNGOBE – Author of “Manual 13, Adapting to climate change in planning and management of protected areas”
Coordination: 
  • Olivier de Sadeleer, EUROPARC Federation / Partner LIFE NaturAdapt – BEL
  • with the support of the ever-smiling Anne-Cerise TISSOT, Réserves Naturelles de France / Lead Partner LIFE NaturAdapt – FRA

Do you want to get involved? [Contact us]

What is the EUROPARC Climate Change Task Force?

In the framework of Natur’Adapt, we have created 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. 

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 meeting regularly online and face-to-face once a year. 

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

Deliverables and schedule will be revised by the members of the group if necessary.

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

(End 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. 

(June 2020 ) Participate in a seminar dialogue with European Institutions (DG Envi, DG Clima, Council of Europe) 

(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. 

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

Transparency

Participation to this task force is on a voluntary basis. There is no financial compensations for the time spent and work done. Travel expenses to and from face-to-face meetings are being covered by the Federation with the support of LIFE Natur’Adapt . 

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