Subject: [21 October] Webinar: Climate Change adaptation in Protected Areas - From theory to practice

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Climate change adaptation in Protected Areas - From theory to practice.

21st of October, 10:00h CET (Central Europe Time)

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In this webinar, through case studies from Spain and England, we will go through important learnings on the process and practice of planning for climate change adaptation in protected areas.
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By Olivier de Sadeleer, LIFE Natur’Adapt, EUROPARC Federation.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Conclusion : Looking over the fence
Olivier de Sadeleer Natur’Adapt/EUROPARC 

Let’s talk about it…
All participants have the opportunity to exchange on the topics discussed and/or to ask questions.
Get to know the speakers!
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.
Ainhize Butron is a biologist and holds a PhD in Ecology. Since 2008 she is biodiversity and climate change specialist at Ihobe, the public institution of the Basque Government's Ministry for the Environment (Spain). In 2014, she started focusing on climate change adaptation promoting Nature-Based Solutions among Basque municipalities. She is responsible for the climate risk assessment of the Basque Country Natura 2000 Network and coordinates the development of tools for stakeholders and managers to adapt the Natura 2000 Network to climate change. She is member of the EUROPARC Climate Change Task Force.
José Antonio Atauri has a PhD in ecology. He has worked in landscape ecology and planning in protected areas. Since 2005 he works at EUROPARC Spain where he has coordinated the manual "Protected Areas in the Face of Global Change: Climate Change Adaptation in Planning and Management".
Simon Duffield is a senior climate change specialist at Natural England and chairs the ENCA climate change interest group. My role as a climate change specialist at Natural England involves using an understanding of the likely direct and indirect impacts of climate change to devise appropriate adaptation and mitigation for and by the natural environment.
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