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24 September 2012

Assessing sensitivity

This session focused on assessing sensitivity of ecosystems to climate change. Climate change affects places differently. Results for Northeast Germany show an increase of average daytime temperature, longer periods of droughts, as well as more frequent extreme weather events. Consequentially, higher stress on biodiversity is expected. INKA BB (Innovative network for Climate Change Adaptation Brandenburg Berlin) estimates the risks for Northeast German ecosystems by conducting spatial analysis of regional climate change projections. Another presentation showcased the development of a climate vulnerability index in Wales in order to identify sensitivities of habitat types and species to climate. On a smaller scale, one presentation focused on the sensitivity of plants with a high conservation value to the effects of climate change.

Prof. Dr. Georg Janauer (University of Vienna, Austria),
Prof. Dr. Anca Sarbu (Bucharest University, Romania)


ClimateChange in Northeast Germany - estimating its risk for ecosystems
Nadine Nusko (Eberswalde University of Applied Sciences, Germany)


Strategies for tourism to adapt to climate change and protecting biodiversity - Case studies from protected areas in different German landscapes
Gerd Lupp, Linda Heuchele, Christina Wachler, Patrick Pauli, Werner Konold, Dominik Siegrist (Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and regional Development, Germany; Freiburg University, Germany)
presentation (PDF 1,25 MB)

14:20-14:40Sensitivity of plants with a high conservation value to the effects of climate change
Sarbu Anca, Anastasiu Paulina, Smarandache Daniela, Pascale Gabriela (Bucharest University, Romania)
presentation (PDF 2,6 MB)


The Economics of Biodiversity and Climate Change - a (new) critical Perspective
Felix Ekardt (Rostock University, Germany)

15:00-15:30Coffee break

Identifying adaptation priorities using a Climate Vulnerability Index within the protected area network in Wales
Clive Walmsley, Robert McCall, Lucy Wilson (Countryside Council for Wales & ADAS Consulting, Wales)
presentation(PDF 1,8 MB)


Vulnerability assessment for a protected area in Germany – from theory into practice
Miriam Kothe (TU Berlin, Germany)
presentation (PDF 2 MB)

16:10-16:30Extended discussion

Current and future management practices

This session explored different management practices and strategies for nature reserves, coral reefs, and coastal regions, among other places. Case studies included places in Romania, England, Jamaica, and Australia. The RSPB showed examples of practical adaptation action they implemented on its network of nature reserves in the UK to adapt to climate change and explain their long-term, strategic aims through their ‘Reserves Conservation Strategy’ and management plans.

A tool for adaptive management called MARISCO was also introduced. It includes new elements to the ongoing process of analysis and planning in conservation sites. It is designed to evaluate biodiversity and environmental problems at a large scale by focusing on ecosystem attributes and change dynamics, visualising complex situations in conservation sites, facilitating adaptive and proactive planning and strategies, promoting a realistic and nuanced vision and planning scheme and by improving on existing strategies.

Chair: Prof. Stefan Heiland (TU Berlin, Germany)


How is nature conservation in England adapting to climate change?
Nicholas Macgregor (Natural England, England)

14:00-14:20Adaptive Management for Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve in climate change
Viorica Bisca, Georgeta Ivanov, Mihai Doroftei (Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve Authority; Danube Delta National Institute for Research and Development, Romania)
presentation (PDF 2,5 MB)


Climate change adaptation on RSPB nature reserves – putting theory into practice
Malcolm Ausden (The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), UK)
presentation (PDF 1,8 MB)

14:40-15:00MARISCO – an adaptive conservation planning instrument designed for the proactive management of climate change risks
Stefan Kreft, Laura Geiger, Christoph Nowicki, Pierre L. Ibisch, Isabel Renner,  Peter Hobson (Eberswale University, Germany; GIZ, Germany; University of Essex, UK)
presentation (PDF 3,4 MB)
15:00-15:30Coffee break

Managing and conserving coral reefs under climate change
Maria Beger, Brigitte Sommer, Peter Harrison, John Pandolfi (University of Queensland, Australia)
presentation (PDF 6,4 MB)


The Maldives and the rethoric of the “sinking paradise.” Different approaches the issue of the country’s disappearing due to climate change
Justyna Ziemba (Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland)


Management Practices Towards Increasing Resilience of Coastal Ecosystems to the Impacts of Climate Change in selected Marine Protected Areas in Jamaica.
Chalene Roye and Nichelle Oxford (National Environment and Planning Agency, Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Jamaica)
presentation (PDF 3,1 MB)

Modelling of climate-induced impacts

The session on the modelling of climate-induced impacts discussed the challenges of connecting climate model outputs and climate observation to impact research as well as quantifying the reliability of General Circulation Models for biodiversity impact studies amongst other things.

One specific examples presented involved the projected changes in bird populations within Special Protection Areas (SPAs). By modelling future changes to the abundance of Annex I and migratory bird species across the SPA network the most affected sites and species in the UK are discovered and adaptation strategies developed. Furthermore, climate change impacts on temperate perennials were discussed as some trees and plants have responded to recent climate changes by advancing spring phenology while others delay phenology. Quantifying effects of climate change on winter chill, and the responses of perennial species to such changes, could substantially enhance the ability to project climage change effects on such species.

Dr. Katrin Vohland (Museum of Natural History – Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity at the Humboldt University Berlin, Germany)


The challenge of connecting climate model output and climate observations to impact research
Ivonne Anders (Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics, Austria)

presentation (PDF 4,2 MB)

14:00-14:20Quantifying the reliability of General Circulation Models for biodiversity impacts studies
Andrew Hartley (Met Office Hadley Centre, UK; European Commission Joint Research Centre, Italy)
presentation (PDF 4 MB)


The regional differences of wind erosion hazard due to the changing climatic conditions in the Carpathian-basin
Gábor Mezősi and Viktória Blanka (University of Szeged, Hungary)
presentation (PDF 1,7 MB)

14:40-15:00Relating growing seasons, exposure and sensitivity of habitats to climate change to derive potential impact maps in Central Europe
Iris Wagner, Michael Förster, Ivonne Anders, Nico Frischbier, Eszter Falusi, Georg A. Janauer, Akos Malatinszky, Anca Sarbu, Marc Zebisch (HABIT-CHANGE Project)
presentation (PDF 1 MB)
15:00-15:30Coffee break

Climate change impacts on temperate perennials – knowledge gaps and the potential for unexpected results
Eike Luedeling (World Agroforestry Centre, Kenya)
presentation (PDF 2,3 MB)


Using species distribution models for predicting climate change of protected areas
Jon Olav Skøien, Gregoire Dubois, Andrew Hartley, Michael Schulz (European Commission - Joint Research Centre, Italy; Met Office, UK)
presentation (PDF 697 kB)


Projected changes in bird populations within Special Protection Areas (SPAs): implications for land management and policy
James Pearce-Higgins (British Trust for Ornithology, UK)
presentation (PDF 1,1 MB)

25 September 2012

Legal Aspects & Policy Recommendations

The session "Legal Aspects & Policy Recommendations" discussed the economics of biodiversity and climate change, spatial planning and nature conservation policies and their decentralization from national governments to regional governments, as well as the need for integrated policy approaches and strategic adaptation to manage landscapes in sustainable ways. A legal study discusses the possibilities for climate change adaptation measures of the nature protection legislation for Natura 2000 sites. As European instruments in environmental protection the directives for bird species protection (Birds Directive) and the Habitats Directive are available. These were influenced i. a. by international regulations (Bern Convention, CBD, etc.). One lecture focused on the question of whether the Habitats and Birds Directive are suitable in their current form for bringing under control the consequences of climate change for the European natural heritage.

Dr. Jadwiga Sienkiewicz (IOS, Poland),
Dr. Juliane Albrecht (IOER, Germany)

Habitats and Birds Directive - fit for climate change?
Jochen Schumacher (Institute for nature conservation and conservation law, Germany)
presentation (PDF 611 kB)
09:50-10:10Legal Climate Change Adaptation for Natura 2000 ProtectedAreas:Interpretation of European Law and Comparison of Implementing National Law regarding "Adaptive Capacity of Nature Protection Law"
Moritz Gies & Juliane Albrecht (IOER, Germany)

presentation (PDF 1 MB)

10:10-10:30Extended Discussion
10:30-11:00Coffee break

Nature conservation policy vs. climate change – practitioner’s and environmentalist’s insight into inconsistency of Polish environmental management and legislation
Urszula Biereznoj-Bazille (Białystok University, Poland)


Extended Discussion

Climate change impacts on species and invasive species

This session focused on climate change impacts on species and invasive species, such as the rising sea-levels and the impact on Natura 2000 coastal habitats in Slovenia. Another Slovenian case study focused on the invasive and drought-tolerant Aster squamatus, which is native to North and South America. The alpine flora of Iranian mountains and its sensitivity to climate change as well as the patterns of human land use in mountainous China in response to climate change and the impacts on endangered snow leopard populations were discussed. Direct impacts on snow leopards include ecosystem changes and increased human pressure while indirect effects include the increased conflict with people and greater risk of persecution.

Chair: Prof. Dr. Mitja Kaligaric (University of Maribor, Slovenia)

9:30-9:50Patterns of human land use in mountainous China in response to climate change and the impacts on endangered snow leopard populations
Philip Riordan, Kun Shi, J. Wang, J. Hughers., W. Wang (Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford, UK; The Wildlife Institute, Beijing Forestry University, China; Wildlife Without Borders, UK; The State Forestry Administration, China)
presentation (1,6 MB)

Constant conservation responsibilities despite variable projections of distribution areas under climate change for the green hawker (Aeshna viridis)
Helmut Schlumprecht, Anja Jaeschke (Büro für ökologische Studien, Germany; Bayreuth University, Germany)
presentation (pdf 600kb)

10:10-10:30Extended Discussion


Coffee break

11:00-11:20Sea-level rising, derived by the climate change and its impact on Natura 2000 coastal habitats in two Northern Adriatic protected areas
Danijel Ivajnsic, Mitja Kaligaric, Stane Gomboc, Andrej Sovinc (University of Maribor; Ministry of Agriculture and Environment of the Republic of Slovenia; Soline d.o.o., Slovenia)
presentation (PDF 3,5 MB)
11:20-11:40The alpine flora of Iranian mountains and its sensitivity to climate change
Jalil, Noroozi (University of Vienna, Austria)

Reproduction biology of a drought-tolerant invasive Aster squamatus from the Northern Adriatic coastal protected areas, Slovenia
Nina Šajna, Mitja Kaligarič, Danijel Ivajnšič (University of Maribor, Slovenia)
Presentation (PDF 4,8 MB)

Monitoring of Climate-induced Impacts

This session focused on the monitoring of climate-induced impacts. Starting on the global level a model called EFCHUS was presented and assessed. It aims to assess the ecological footprint of the US and its impact on climate change. Other presentations were focusing on regional and local levels covering remote sensing methods to monitor habitats and satellite data application for ecological state assessment. Case studies from Hungary, Poland, Ukraine and Spain were presented.

Chair: Prof. Birgit Kleinschmidt (TU Berlin, Germany)

9:30-9:50Ecological Footprint, Climate Change Impacts and Assessment
Safwat H. Shakir Hanna (Texas Gulf Coast Environmental Data (TEXGED) Center; Prairie View A&M University; The Texas A&M University System, USA)

Landscape history researches on wetlands of special importance founding their climate adapted management plans
Róbert Vidéki & Judit Cservenka (Balaton Uplands National Park Directorate, Hungary)
presentation (PDF 7,8 MB)

10:10-10:30Vulnerability to the effects of climate change in the area of the Aiguamolls de l’Empordà, north-eastern Spain
Sandra Fatoric (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain)


Coffee break

11:00-11:20Remote Sensing methods utlilize for the Monitoring of habitats potentially threatend by climate change - Which indicator is derived best for which natural condition
Michael Förster, Tobias Schmidt, Iris Wagner, Kathrin Renner, Marc Zebisch, Marco Neubert (HABIT-CHANGE  Project)
Presentation (PDF 1,5 MB)
11:20-11:40The results of satellite data application for ecological state assessment in the Shatsky biosphere reserve
Mikhail A. Popov, Aleksey I. Sakhatsky, Sergey A. Stankevich, Anna A. Kozlova, Rene Griesbach (Scientific Centre of Aerospace Research of the Earth NAS of Ukraine, RapidEye AG, Germany)

Impact of climate change on water balance of a large flow-through lake (case study - Lake Charzykowskie)
Barbara Nowicka, Marta Bałandin (Institute of Meteorology and Water Management, Poland; University of Warsaw, Poland)
presentation (pdf 4,3 MB)