Adaptation to Climate Change to Save Biodiversity: Lessons Learnt from African and European Experiences

30 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2008 Last revised: 12 May 2013

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Kees Bastmeijer

Tilburg University

Saja Erens

Tilburg Law School

Jonathan Verschuuren

Tilburg Sustainability Center; Tilburg University - Center for Transboundary Legal Development

Date Written: September 11, 2008

Abstract

Climate change is increasing the pressure on the dwindling biodiversity of the Earth. In 2004, the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) requested all Parties to "integrate climate change adaptation measures in protected area planning, management strategies, and in the design of protected area systems." IUCN experts have explained that certain organisms "will move along altitudinal gradients in response to climate change" and that establishing networks of protected areas may in most parts of the world be crucial for species of plants and animals to adapt to climate change.

This paper focuses on the experiences with the creation of large and robust natural areas and ecological networks Africa and Europe, particularly in relation to a worldwide changing climate. In discussing this issue, the authors will take a legal approach: the central question is whether the role of law in respect of the establishment and protection of large natural areas and networks should be strengthened to enable species of plants and animals, habitats and ecosystems to adapt to climate change. While recognizing the importance and urgent need to designate and protect marine areas to conserve marine biodiversity, this contribution will focus on the terrestrial environment.

Keywords: climate change, biodiversity, adaptation, protected areas, transboundary protected areas, transfrontier conservation areas, natura 2000

Suggested Citation

Bastmeijer, Kees and Erens, Saja and Verschuuren, Jonathan, Adaptation to Climate Change to Save Biodiversity: Lessons Learnt from African and European Experiences (September 11, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1291252 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1291252

Kees Bastmeijer

Tilburg University ( email )

P.O.Box 90153
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

HOME PAGE: http://www.tilburguniversity.nl/webwijs/show/?uid=c.j.bastmeijer

Saja Erens

Tilburg Law School ( email )

Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Jonathan Verschuuren (Contact Author)

Tilburg Sustainability Center ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, North Brabant 5000 LE
Netherlands
+31134668255 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/tsc

Tilburg University - Center for Transboundary Legal Development ( email )

P.O. Box 90153
Tilburg, NL-5000LE
Netherlands
0031134668255 (Phone)
0031134668347 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/webwijs/show/?uid=j.m.verschuuren

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