Review: Conference on Biodiversity and Climate Change - Science, Practice and Policy

Organized by: Bundesamt für Naturschutz (BfN)

April 12 -13, 2011
Venue: Forschungszentrum CAESAR, Bonn

Biodiversity loss and climate change are among the most pressing challenges of our times, and are strongly interconnected. Not only will climate change directly affect biodiversity but mitigation and adaptation measures taken by society could also have significant effects, both positive and negative, on biodiversity.

Conservation strategies will need to be adapted to cope with a changing climate; there is a need to explore how this should be done, and share experiences of putting adaptation principles into practice. There is also growing awareness that addressing biodiversity loss and climate change in an integrated manner can have a range of multiple benefits for society, including synergies with sustainable development goals. However, considerable uncertainties remain surrounding the two-way interactions of biodiversity and climate change and good practice examples of ecosystem-based approaches to mitigation and adaptation are still rare.

Against this background, the conference sets out to meet a growing demand for sharing knowledge and experiences in the field of biodiversity and climate change in Europe. Taking a transdisciplinary perspective, the aim of the conference was to bring scientists, conservation practitioners and policymakers together in order to improve both the integration of research outputs into practical conservation projects, and the identification of further research needs.

BiK-F was present in the session "Impact of Climate Change on Biodiversity" with the contributions "Assessing the fate of montane biodiversity in Europe under climate change: a novel approach using species distribution modelling and population genetics" (Dr. Carsten Nowak) and "Long term research of the Dogger Bank Epibenthos (North Sea): loss of biodiversity and changes in climate" (Moritz Sonnewald) .