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Managing Protected Areas in Central and Eastern Europe Under Climate Change

Addresses key challenges to the implementation of climate adaptation in conservation management
Written in non-technical language for a broad spectrum of readers, the book offers practical lessons for adapting conservation management to climate change
Case studies offer detailed and vivid examples of climate adaptation actions in protected areas

Series: Advances in Global Change Research Volume: 58

By: Sven Rannow (Editor), Marco Neubert (Editor)

308 pages, 33 colour photos and colour illustrations, 44 b/w illustrations, 44 tables

Springer-Verlag

Hardback | Jan 2014 | #211147 | ISBN-13: 9789400779594
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About this book

Beginning with an overview of data and concepts developed in the EU-project HABIT-CHANGE, Managing Protected Areas in Central and Eastern Europe Under Climate Change addresses the need for sharing knowledge and experience in the field of biodiversity conservation and climate change. There is an urgent need to build capacity in protected areas to monitor, assess, manage and report the effects of climate change and their interaction with other pressures. The contributors identify barriers to the adaptation of conservation management, such as the mismatch between planning reality and the decision context at site level. Short and vivid descriptions of case studies, drawn from investigation areas all over Central and Eastern Europe, illustrate both the local impacts of climate change and their consequences for future management. These focus on ecosystems most vulnerable to changes in climatic conditions, including alpine areas, wetlands, forests, lowland grasslands and coastal areas. The case studies demonstrate the application of adaptation strategies in protected areas like National Parks, Biosphere Reserves and Natural Parks, and reflect the potential benefits as well as existing obstacles.

A general section provides the necessary background information on climate trends and their effects on abiotic and biotic components. Often, the parties to policy change and conservation management, including managers, land users and stakeholders, lack both expertise and incentives to undertake adaptation activities. The authors recognise that achieving the needed changes in behavior – habit – is as much a social learning process as a matter of science-based procedure. They describe the implementation of modeling, impact assessment and monitoring of climate conditions, and show how the results can support efforts to increase stakeholder involvement in local adaptation strategies. Managing Protected Areas in Central and Eastern Europe Under Climate Change concludes by pointing out the need for more work to communicate the cross-sectoral nature of biodiversity protection, the value of well-informed planning in the long-term process of adaptation, the definition of acceptable change, and the motivational value of exchanging experience and examples of good practice.


Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements

Chapter 1 - Natural Heritage at Risk by Climate Change
Chapter 2 - Climate Change in Central and Eastern Europe
Chapter 3 - Effects of Climate Change on the Hydrological Cycle in Central and Eastern Europe
Chapter 4 - Potential impacts of climate change on protected habitats
Chapter 5 - Climate Change impact modelling cascade - Benefits and limitations for
Chapter 6 - Indicators for Monitoring Climate Change-Induced Effects on Habitats
Chapter 7 - Remote Sensing-based Monitoring of Potential Climate-induced Impacts on Habitats
Chapter 8 - Assessment of Climate-induced Impacts on Habitats
Chapter 9 - Legal Aspects of Climate Change Adaptation
Chapter 10 - A Methodical Framework for Climate Change-Adapted Management in Protected Areas
Chapter 11 - Monitoring concept of climate-induced impacts on peat bog vegetation in Pokljuka plateau in Triglav National Park, Slovenia
Chapter 12 - Concept for the monitoring of climate induced impacts on rock ptarmigan (Lagopus muta) in Triglav National Park, Slovenia
Chapter 13 - Suggested management measures for Natura 2000 Habitats in Koros-Maros National Park, Hungary
Chapter 14 - Climate-induced challenges for wetlands: revealing the background for the adaptive ecosystem management in the Biebrza Valley, Poland
Chapter 15 - Habitat changes caused by sea level rise, driven by climate change in the Northern Adriatic coastal wetlands, Slovenia
Chapter 16 - Potential impacts of climate change on forest habitats in the Biosphere Reserve Vessertal-Thuringian Forest in Germany
Chapter 17 - Potential Impact of Climate Change on Alpine Habitats from Bucegi Natural Park, Romania
Chapter 18 - Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Habitats and their Effects on Invasive Plant Species in Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve, Romania
Chapter 19 - Reproduction biology of an alien invasive plant: a case of drought-tolerant Aster squamatus on the Northern Adriatic seacoast, Slovenia
Chapter 20 - Conclusions and Recommendations for Adapting Conservation Management in the Face of Climate Change

Index


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