Adaptive management of climate-induced changes of habitat diversity in protected areas
March 2010 until June 2013
136.320 € funded by EU - European Union: ERDF - European Regional Development Fund, INTERREG IV B Central Europe Programme, 2nd call, Priority 3.1: Developing a High Quality Environment by Managing and Protecting Natural Resources and Heritage
Fred Hattermann
PIK number / OEH

The project's overall objective is to evaluate, enhance and adapt existing management and conservation strategies in protected sites to pro-actively respond on likely influences of CC as a threat to habitat integrity and diversity. Furthermore, a monitoring concept is being developed to detect changes caused either by human activity or climate change effects. This will be a very valuable information and tool especially for the administrations of nature protected areas.

Specific Objectives: *Identify potential CC induced threats, *Evaluate existing management practices, *Derive a set of indicators reflecting local-scale effects, *Establish monitoring measures based on earth observation data and ground truthing, *Model regional climate change effects and risks for protected areas, *Support protected site authorities with decision support tool, *Adapt management plans, strategies and measures of protected areas to climate change effects, *Foster awareness rising on the demand for adaptive management, *Recommendations for CC adapted guidelines regarding protected areas on national and EU-level.

PIK will develop CC scenarios indicating the framework of ecological conditions mainly regarding water availability and forest composition. Storylines based on adaptive management options are derived.