[WEBINAR] Climate change adaptation in Protected Areas

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This EUROPARC webinar on the 21st of October at 10 AM CET will look at climate change adaptation in Protected Areas – From theory to practice.

  • Wednesday, 21st of October 2020
  • 10:00 AM CEST
  • participation is free but registration is needed. Register here.

Through case studies from Spain and England, this webinar, organised in the context of Natur’Adapt will go through important learnings on the process and practice of planning for climate change adaptation in protected areas.

Case studies by:

Ainhize Butron, IHOBE – Climate is changing. Why are we not acting?

Protected areas are at a crossroad due to climate change. A myriad of studies and researches have been published over recent years underlying the paramount importance of adaptation. Yet, we are still not acting. Why? The point of no return is approaching and protected areas may be put into jeopardy.
Although climate and biodiversity crisis are different, their solutions overlap. Biodiversity managers may see it as an opportunity to put biodiversity’s contribution to the development of sustainable societies higher on the political agenda. Let us talk about messages.

José Antonio Atauri, EUROPARC-Spain/FUNGOBE – A pilot case in a Mediterranean protected landscape

Although the effects of climate change are already evident, it is rarely addressed in protected area management plans, largely due to the lack of methodologies and clear management criteria. The procedure for considering adaptation to climate change in the process of drafting the management plan for the protected landscape of Sierra de Santo Domingo (Zaragoza) is presented. Its main interest is due to its high vulnerability, as it is a transition zone between bioclimatic zones.


Simon Duffield, ENCA / Natural England – Assessment of evidences in 60+ reserves in England

National Nature Reserves (NNRs) form part of a wider UK network of protected areas and include some of the best examples of England’s wildlife. Natural England developed a methodology to embed climate change adaptation into the long term vision and management of the NNRs they manage. The approach combines the latest scientific information on projected climate change and the likely impact on the natural environment with on the ground detailed knowledge of the state and vulnerability of the key features of the reserves. The methodology takes site managers through four steps (projected change – impacts – vulnerability – response) to enable them to identify appropriate adaptation for their reserves without the need for assistance from climate change specialists.

Workshop leader:

Olivier de Sadeleer is a project manager for the EUROPARC Federation. He represents the “voice” of European Protected Areas in the LIFE project ‘Natur’Adapt’. Holding an MA in cultural anthropology, Olivier brings his passion for wilderness and long-standing experience in business development & communication (incl. digital) to help increase the impact of EUROPARC.

All participants will have the opportunity to discus and/or ask questions

This webinar is organised by the EUROPARC Federation with the support of ENCA, IHOBE and FUNGOBE in the framework of the LIFE Natur’Adapt project. LIFE Natur’Adapt [LIFE17 CCA/FR/000089] NaturAdapt is a 5-year project developed with the support of the LIFE Program, Office Français de la Biodiversité and Ministère français de la Transition Ecologique et Solidaire

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