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HABIT-CHANGE

Title
Adaptive management of climate-induced changes of habitat diversity in protected areas
Duration
March 2010 until June 2013
Budget
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
Contact
Fred Hattermann
Description

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.

Homepage
http://www.habit-change.eu/