Siggen Seminar 2020 – Program Highlights

LEARN – Helping protected areas adapt to a changing climate

Through case studies and presentations, speakers have given  participants an overview and important considerations on how to adapt to climate change in (and around) protected areas.

All presentations have been recorded and are accessible in an online playlist 

Program highlights

Our house is on fire! 

A word from the president of EUROPARC on climate change and biodiversity loss.

By Ignace Schops, President, EUROPARC

Ignace highlighted the main trends leading to climate change and biodiversity loss that build up into a catastrophic era,  the anthropocene. He emphasised that both those major crises are the two sides of the same coin. Albeit complex, solutions exist and protected areas have an important role to play to tackle those global challenges and build a sustainable society. 

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Climate change and nature protected areas.

A seminar, a LIFE Project and the results of a European survey

by Olivier de Sadeleer – Project Manager, EUROPARC Federation

Olivier introduces the Digital Siggen Seminar and takes the opportunity to present the LIFE Natur’Adapt project and to summarise the results of the European survey on the integration of climate change into the management of protected natural areas, which looked at identifying existing initiatives and expectations of managers in Europe.

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Elements of methodology and key concepts

Formalising key concepts definitions and elements of methodology for climate change adaptation in protected areas

By Anne-Cerise Tissot, LIFE NaturAdapt Coordinator, Réserves Naturelles de France

In her talk, Anne-Cerise frames the key concepts necessary to work on climate change adaptation such as sensitivity, exposure and adaptation capacity. She emphasised the importance of the vulnerability assessment as a keystone to adaptation planning and measures implementation.

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Climate Change Risk assessment and vulnerability diagnostic

Case study: “Risk assessment of Scottish protected areas features to climate change”

By Stewart Pritchard, Operations Manager (protected places), Scottish Nature Heritage

Stewart went through the main steps of how Scottish Natural Heritage developed an assessment of the risk posed by climate change to notified features of protected areas in Scotland. Over 4 years, together with ClimateXchange, they developed the assessment process model, collated data sources, expert opinions, and applied initial scoring to their features list. They then worked on improving the model and summarising the findings about the risks. This work led to the organisation of workshops to develop the understanding of the consequences on specific ecosystems. The results have been reported and mapped to allow for planification.

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Planning for adaptation

Case study: How to adapt the management of a protected area to climate change. The case study of Basque Country Natura 2000

By Ainhize Butron, Climate Action Technician, Ihobe – Sociedad Pública de Gestión Ambiental

Ainhize explained how their team did the actual planning of adaptation and mitigation measures.

As management plans already existed in most cases, they : 

  • analysed the existing objectives and management measures using what they learned about the potential future climate the associated vulnerability.
  • prioritised climatic measures (adaptation, mitigation or both).
  • redesigned measures to include climate change
  • or included new measures ”climatic” measures.

From a participation perspective, she highlighted the need to include this work in a more general framework such as the sustainable development goals, the regional climate change strategy, …

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Implementing the measures, an opportunity to cooperate

Case study: Climate change adaptation in the Portofino Marine Protected Area, how to collaborate with local stakeholders

By Lorenzo Merotto, Biologist, Portofino Marine Protected Area

Lorenzo explained how the Portofino MPA developed  standardised monitoring protocols addressed to use as climate change indicators and a vulnerability assessment that includes biodiversity and socio-economic aspects. In this presentation he emphasised the opportunity and the need to involve stakeholders in the fight against global changes. 

He shows how Portofino developed citizen science, capacity building and dissemination activities to increase involvement of stakeholders, to reach new ones and local administrators and policy makers. According to him, it is a necessity to get positive results.

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Integration of the regulatory context

Case Study: Climate change and biodiversity conservation. Which synergies in the current legal framework of France?

By Pierre Strosser, Director, Acteon

Pierre presented the results of the investigation Acteon’s team conducted on how current planning frameworks and documents consider the links between biodiversity (nature) conservation & adaptation to climate change.

The goal is to better capture the role(s) protected areas could/can play in climate change adaptation strategies. Having screened planning and strategies for both “climate change adaptation” and Biodiversity conservation”, they highlighted that no references were made on how protected areas could contribute to adaptation to climate change. The main “bridging concepts” between nature and climate change adaptation are references to Ecosystem functions or services and nature-based solutions without clearly defining in the majority of cases what these notions encompass and imply in operational terms.

He then explores a number of ideas on:

— Which added value of nature protection for climate change adaptation?

— How to ensure nature protected areas are well considered in climate change adaptation policies?

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