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Conference searching solutions to adapt to climate change

Feb 08, 2010
The Berchtesgaden National Park and the Alpine Network of Protected Areas (ALPARC) organised an international conference on ecological networks and climate change. The conference "Alpine Ecological Network: a response to climate change that will preserve biodiversity?" took place in Berchtesgaden, Germany, on 15th and 16th October 2009.
It brought together 110 administrators of Alpine protected areas, international researchers, research institutes, academics etc.
On the first day, 25 specialists gave a progress report on the Alpine projects linked to the setting up of ecological networks. First of all emphasis was placed on the biodiversity - climate relationship in scenarios of the earth's evolution in order to be able to comprehend this completely new change and its impacts. Next was shown how climate change can impact the functioning of ecosystems and how that affects the interaction and new distribution of species.
In the second part concrete examples of the setting up of ecological networks in the Alps were shown through current projects like ECONNECT, the Ecological Continuum Initiative and the Ecological Network Platform of the Alpine Convention.
Finally the possibilities of cooperation between the Alps and the Carpathians were presented in order to create an international corridor for the migration of species.
On 16th October an excursion was organised in the Berchtesgaden National Park together with a workshop on the subject of the region's vulnerability as regards hydrology, water resources and ecosystems in view of climate change in the context of the management of the protected areas.
Further information on the conference as well as the presentations and the talk summaries of the first day can be downloaded here: