Bundesamt für Naturschutz


Climate Change and Nature Conservation in Europe - an ecological, policy and economic perspective, 25 - 27 June 2013 in Bonn

Logo der Konferenz

The three-day conference was organized by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) with the support of the Freie Universität Berlin and in co-operation with the European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA).

Conference proceedings now available in BfN-Skripten 367

At this European conference experts from science, policy and practice highlighted and debated the importance of adapting to climate change in conservation from an ecological, policy and economic perspective, and showcased successful conservation partnerships across Europe.

Following up on the discussions of the previous BfN/ENCA conference on biodiversity and climate change, held in Bonn in 2011, the conference in 2013 went a step further and explored how adaptation can be put into practice.


List of posters

List of participants

Short CVs of the speakers

Day 1 - 25 June 2013:

Opening and Introduction
Beate Jessel, President of the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), Bonn, Germany

Welcome and update from ENCA
Nicholas Macgregor, Natural England / European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA), UK

Climate Change in Europe - Impacts, Vulnerability & Conservation Tools:

Climate Change in Europe
Hartmut Grassl, Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg, Germany

Biodiversity Conservation in a Changing Climate
Chris Thomas, University of York, UK

New developments in monitoring and modeling climate change impacts on biodiversity: What can we learn for nature conservation?
Katrin Böhning-Gaese, Director, Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Frankfurt, Germany 

Enhancing resilience in natural environments
Mike Morecroft, Head of Profession, Climate Change, Natural England, UK

Conservation strategies for species - meeting the challenges of alien species and endangered species
Gian-Reto Walther, Federal Office for the Environment, Switzerland

Ecosystem-based approaches to adaptation
Timo Kaphengst, Ecologic Institute, Germany

Climate Change Adapted Management in Protected Areas - Practical Experiences from Central and Eastern Europe
Sven Rannow, Marco Neubert, Leibniz Institute for Ecological Urban and Regional Development, HABIT-CHANGE project, Germany

Ecosystems and Climate Change:

Conserving European Forests under a Changing Climate? Analyzing the Science - Policy Debate
Georg Winkel, Universität Freiburg, Germany

Mountain ecosystems in a changing climate
Christian Körner, Universität Basel, Switzerland

Adapting grassland ecosystems to a changing climate
Andras Báldi, Centre for Ecological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary

Peatland conservation – Conservation to foster climate mitigation and adaptation
Franziska Tanneberger, Universität Greifswald, Germany

Climate Change and Mediterranean Coastal Areas: Understanding the Impacts and Developing Adaptation Strategies
Gianluca Sarà, University of Palermo, CIRCLE-Med Research Programme, Italy

Urban ecosystems – helping cities to adapt to a changing climate
Ingo Kowarik, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Adapting to Climate Change in Nature Conservation in Europe
Aletta Bonn, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Climate change, impacts and vulnerability in Europe
Jacqueline McGlade, former Executive Director European Environment Agency (EEA)

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Day 2 - 26 June 2013 (interactive sessions):

Managing the Natura 2000 network in the face of climate change – challenges and opportunities
Micheal O’Briain, DG Environment, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium

Novel freshwater ecosystems in a changing climate: A challenge for research and conservation
Klement Tockner, Director Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries, IGB, Germany

Interactive sessions - Demonstrating good practice in adapting to climate change in ceonservation:

Interactive sessions plan
Horst Korn, German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)

Mountain & subarctic ecosystems

chairs: Christian Körner, Universität Basel, Switzerland, Nicholas Macgregor, Natural England, UK

Climate change in Bucegi mountain - Natura 2000 habitats sensitivity
Anca Sârbu, Georg Janauer & Iris Wagner-Lücke University of Bucharest, Romania, University of Vienna, Austria

Peatlands in the Arctic – the global value of ecosystem services
Tatiana Minayeva, Olivia Bragg, Peter Kershaw & Andrej Sirin, Wetlands International, The Netherlands, University of Dundee, UK, University of Alberta, Canada, Institute of ForestScience, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

National Parks as outdoor laboratories for climate change impact
Helmut Franz & Michael Vogel, Berchtesgaden National Park, Berchtesgaden, Germany

Farming with Alternative Pollinators (FAP) – an indispensable method to protect alpine biodiversity and livelihoods in the course of climate change
Stefanie Christmann, Aden Aw-Hassan, ICARDA, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Rivers, lakes and riparian ecosystems
chair: Gordana Beltram, Director at Park Skocjanske jame, Slovenia

Helping nature adapt to climate change in Scotland: showing how it can be done
Christina Bell, Scottish Natural Heritage, Fort William, UK

Riparian ecosystems and climate change: the value of floodplains along the river Elbe
Alexandra Dehnhardt, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Potential climate change impacts on the habitat availability of floodplain vegetation - a case study from the Rhine River
Eva Mosner, Maria Carambia, Enno Nilson & Peter Horchler, Federal Institute of Hydrology, Koblenz, Germany

Coastal & marine ecosystems
chair: Maria Laamanen, Helsinki Commission (HELCOM), Finland 

Green Infrastructure – A tool for reducing Europe’s vulnerability to climate change
McKenna Davis, Sandra Naumann, Timo Kaphengst, Mav Pieterse, Matt Rayment & Elta Smith, Ecologic Institute, Berlin, Germany, GHK, London, UK

Climate change limits elasmobranch recovery potential in the German Bight: A meta-population approach based on historical distribution data
Heino O. Fock, Wolfgang Nikolaus Probst, Matthias Schaber, Thünen-Institute of Sea Fisheries, Hamburg, Germany

The effective factors and evolution of Edremit coastal areas
Ümit Erdem,  Şeyma Şengür,  Ömer Atabeyoğlu & Nurdan Erdoğan, European Ecological Council, Ordu University, Ege University Center of Environmental Problems, Bornova/ İzmir, Turkey

A strategy and an action plan for the Baltic Sea Region - A tool for reducing the region’s vulnerability to climate change
Susanne Altvater, Franziska Stuke & Katrin Kiefer, Ecologic Institute, Berlin, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany

Grassland & Urban ecosystems
chair: Franz Essl, Federal Office for the Environment FOEN, Austria

Can agri-environment schemes deliver adaptation for the natural environment?
Simon Duffield, Trevor Mansfield & Mike Morecroft, Natural England, Winchester, UK

Climate change in Northeast Germany – a risk assessment for ecosystems for nature conservation planning
Nadine Nusko, Philipp Arndt & Vera Luthardt Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Eberswalde, Germany

How can urban brownfields contribute to climate adaptation and human wellbeing in cities?
Juliane Mathey, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER), Dresden, Germany

Adapting to Change – How to manage urban ecosystems in a changing climate
Stefan Heiland & Christian Wilke, Technische Universität Berlin,  Germany

Forest & woodland ecosystems
chair: Marina von Weissenberg, Ministry of Environment, Finland

Monitoring of Potential Climate-induced Impacts on Woodland Habitats with Earth observation methods
Michael Förster, Tobias Schmidt & Birgit Kleinschmit, Technical University of Berlin, Germany

Social learning processes developing local climate change scenarios as a precondition for sustainable reforestation
Stefanie Christmann, Aden Aw-Hassan, ICARDA, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Climate change induced vegetation shifts in Europe
Ágnes Garamvölgy, Corvinus University of Budapest, Hungary

Climate Change, Forest dynamics and Consequences for forest management in North Rhine-Westfalia
Norbert Asche, Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW, Germany

Peatland ecosystems
chair: Rob Stoneman, Director Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, UK

Restoring Peatlands in Russia – for fire prevention and climate change mitigation: framework for integrative approach to peatland ecosystem management
Andrey Sirin, Hans Joosten, Tatiana Minayeva, Marcel Silvius & Sebastian Schmidt
Institute of Forest Science, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia, Greifswald University, Germany, Wetlands International, The Netherlands, Michael Succow Foundation, Germany

Peatland biodiversity conservation will mitigate climatic change impacts in the European North-East of Russia
S. Zagirova & O. Mikhaylov, Institute of biology Komi SC UrB RAS, Syktyvkar, Russia

Exploring resilience concept for fen ecosystems: Can we predict long-term effects of current conservation approaches?
Wiktor Kotowski & Ewa Jabłońska, University of Warsaw, Centre of Biological and Chemical Research, Poland

Economic and legal conditions for sustainable peatland management in Germany
Simone Witzel & Theodor Fock, University of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg, Germany

Connecting with people – why biodiversity conservation makes sense in a changing climate
chair: Klemens Riha, Programme „Implementing the Biodiversity Convention“; Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany

Prudence, Justice and the Good Life: Ethical foundations of biodiversity communication
Uta Eser, Centre for Economics and the Environment, Nuertingen-Geislingen University, Germany

Navigating in a sea of risks: MARISCO, a conservation planning method used in risk-robust and ecosystem-based adaptation strategies
Stefan Kreft, Daniela Aschenbrenner, Christoph Nowicki, Steffen Reichle, Lena Strixner, Peter Hobson, Pierre L. Ibisch
Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany, Fundación para la Conservación del Bosque Chiquitano, Santa Cruz, Bolivia, University of Essex, UK

The role of migratory animals in raising public awareness of the biodiversity-climate change nexus
Johannes Stahl, UNEP/CMS Secretariat, UN Campus, Bonn, Germany

Eight steps to consistent adaptation across an organisation
Olly Watts, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Sandy, UK

Adaptation Planning
chair: Jan Plesnik, Agency for Nature Conservation and Landscape Protection of the Czech Republic

A decision framework for considering climate change adaptation in biodiversity conservation planning
Tom H. Oliver, Richard J. Smithers & Kevin Watts, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Ricardo-AEA Ltd., Forest Research, UK

Legal aspects of connectivity conservation
Barbara Lausche, IUCN Environmental Law Centre, Bonn, Germany

Indicators for climate change impacts on biodiversity - Which suits for which purpose?
Rainer Schliep, Robert Bartz, Rainer Dröschmeister, Frank Dziock, Silvia Dziock, Ingo Kowarik, Laura Radtke, Livia Schäffler, Stefan Siedentop, Christoph Sudfeldt, Ulrich Sukopp, Sven Trautmann & Stefan Heiland
Technische Universität Berlin, Federal Agency for Nature Conservation, University of Applied Sciences, Dresden, University of Stuttgart, Federation of German Avifaunists, Münster, Germany

Assessing climate change risks and opportunities for species
James Pearce-Higgins, Malcolm Ausden, Colin Beale, Richard Bradbury, Matthew Carroll, Humphrey Crick, Nick Macgregor, C. McClean, N. Ockendon, Tom Oliver, T. Savage, Chris Thomas
British Trust for Ornithology, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, York Environmental Sustainability Institute, University of York, Natural England, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, UK

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Day 3 - 27 June 2013:

Policy and business solutions for conservation under climate change:

Spatial Planning of Green Infrastructure in a changing climate – Links to EU policy
Rob Jongman, Eveliene Steingröver, Irene Bouwma & Claire Vos, Alterra, Wageningen, The Netherlands

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Conference photo gallery

Please find below some pictures of the conference taken by Nina Carle (eclareon). Click into the pictures to see them enlarged.

BfN-Präsidentin Prof. Beate Jessel bei ihrem Einführungsvortrag
Dr. Nicholas Macgregor (Natural England, UK), bei seinem Einführungsvortrag
Prof. Chris Thomas (Universität York, UK), bei seinem Vortrag
Prof. Katrin Böhning-Gaese, Direktorin BiK-F, bei ihrem Vortrag
Dr. Mike Morecroft (Natural England, UK), bei seinem Vortrag
Dr. Gian-Reto Walther, Schweizerisches Bundesamt für Umwelt (BAFU), bei seinem Vortrag
Prof. Christian Körner (Universität Basel/Schweiz), bei seinem Vortrag
Prof. András Báldi (Centre for Ecological Research), bei seinem Vortrag
Prof. Ingo Kowarik (TU-Berlin), bei seinem Vortrag
Dr. Aletta Bonn, FU-Berlin, bei ihrem Vortrag
Dr. Micheal O‘Briain, EU-Kommission, bei seinem Vortrag
Prof. Klement Tockner, bei seinem Vortrag
Dr. Rob Jongman, Alterra, bei seinem Vortrag
Prof. Volkmar Hartje, TU-Berlin, bei seinem Vortrag
Prof. Marc Reed, Universität Birmingham, UK , bei seinem Vortrag
Michael Bender, Leiter der Bundeskontaktstelle Wasser der GRÜNE LIGA e.V., bei seinem Vortrag
Dr. Clive Walmsley, Countryside Council for Wales, UK, bei seinem Vortrag
Abschlussdiskussion, moderiert von Dr. Horst Korn (BfN), Blick vom Hörsaal
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Conference Report 2013

Conference Report

The conference organisers prepared a conference report which is now available for download.

Printed copies of the conference proceedings can be ordered free of charge. Please contact Jutta Stadler.

Related background study

Cover BfN-Skript 375

Study on "Helping ecosystems in Europe to adapt to climate Change" available for download.

Bericht der Bonner Konferenz im Jahre 2011:

Titelblatt BfN-Skripten 310

BfN-Skripten 310:
Proceedings of the European Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change - Science, Practice & Policy, 2011 in Bonn

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