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Biodiversity and climate are closely related and impact each other. The current and future climate change represents one of the biggest threats for the diversity of life on earth. At the same time it is presumed to be one of the biggest challenges of conservation in the coming years.
To an increasing degree climate change not only threatens biodiversity but also the human society and their natural resources. Through the protection, restoration and sustainable use of ecosystems, effective conservation can contribute to mitigate climate change and protect the population against the impacts of extreme events and natural disasters. These so-called ecosystem-based approaches use ecosystem services such as the carbon sequestration capacity of ecosystems. They are aimed at synergies between conservation, mitigation and adaptation and often turn out to be more cost-efficient than technical solutions. 

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European conference on “Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change”

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People in a park in Helsinki

The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) in co-operation with the Network of European Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA) and the UFZ/iDiv will host a European conference on "Biodiversity and Health in the Face of Climate Change - Challenges, opportunities and evidence gaps" from June 27-29, 2017 at the Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (CAESAR) in Bonn/Germany. The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe is co-sponsor of the event.

Registration possible until May 29, 2017

Further information about the  conference and registration


Study on “Nature-based solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation in urban areas“ now available

The study comprises latest scientific findings on selected aspects of the topic (literature review). In addition, results of a European Expert Workshop in preparation of the European BfN/ENCA conference on "Nature-based solutions to climate change in urban areas and their rural surroundings" are presented.

BfN-Skript 446 " Nature-based solutions to climate change mitigation and adaptation in urban Areas" (pdf, 1,23 MB)

European conference on biodiversity and climate change in urban areas

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The German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) in co-operation with the Network of European Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA) hosted a European conference on "Nature-based solutions for climate change in urban areas and their rural surroundings - linkages between science, policy and practice" from November 17-19, 2015 at the Center of Advanced European Studies and Research (CAESAR) in Bonn/Germany.

 Documentation of the conference 

International conference:

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Working with Nature to Tackle Climate Change - Report of the ENCA / BfN Workshop on “Developing ecosystem-based approaches to climate change – why, what and how”,  BfN-Skripten 264, 2010, pdf-file (0,8 MB)


Proceedings of the European Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change – Science, Practice and Policy,  BfN-Skripten 310, 2012, (0,8 MB)

Last Change: 13/07/2016

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