Culture, Heritage and Diversity

Bern Convention: 2nd Meeting of the Group of Experts on Biodiversity and Climate change

Seville (Spain)
13-14 March 2008

At its 26th meeting, the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention set up a Group of Experts on Biodiversity and Climate Change to exchange information and review the effects of climate change in the biological diversity covered by the Convention, and to provide guidance to Parties in developing adaptation and management policies. The final aim of the Group is to present to the Standing Committee specific proposals, guidance and/or Recommendations to help Parties address the challenges of climate change in the implementation of the Convention and its objectives.
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Meeting report - T-PVS(2008)02

Climatic change and the conservation of European biodiversity: towards the development of adaptation strategies - T-PVS/Inf(2007)3

Climatic change and the conservation of migratory birds in Europe : identifying effects and conservation priorities - T-PVS/Inf(2008)1rev

A perspective on climate change and invasive alien species - T-PVS/Inf(2008)5rev

Climate change and the vulnerability of Bern Convention species and habitats and Appendix - T-PVS/Inf(2008)6rev


Biodiversity and climate change in other fora

Barcelona Convention
- by Mr Atef Ouerghi, Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas - RAC/SPA

European Union
- by Ms Karin Zaunberger, European Commission, DG Environment

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), Mobilizing biodiversity data: GBIF’s contribution to the climate change challenge
- by Francisco Pando & Beatriz Torres

Draft reports for discussion

Review of available information on direct and indirect impacts of climate change on biodiversity and identification of most vulnerable species and habitats
- by Ms Pam Berry, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University Centre for the Environment

Climate change and invasive alien species
- by Ms Laura Capdevila–Argüelles, GEIB Specialist Group in Biological Invasions

Climate change and the Council of Europe

Climate change: building adaptive capacity of local and regional Authorities
Explanatory Memorandum
Recommendation 231 (2008)
Resolution 248 (2008)

Biodiversity policies for urban areas
Explanatory Memorandum
Recommendation 232 (2008)
Resolution 249 (2008)

Draft reports for discussion

Climatic change and the conservation of migratory birds in Europe: identifing effects and conservation priorities
- by Mr M. Ferrer, Mr. I. Newtan, Mr. K. Bildstein

Impacts of climate change on amphibian and reptile species
- by Mr Klaus Henle, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ

Other items for discussion

Climate change and protected areas
- by Mr Jan Plesnik, Chair of the Group of Experts on the Emerald Network

RSPB report on "Climate change - wildlife and adaptation"
- by Mr Olly Watts, RSPB Climate Change Policy Team

FEIN - European Foundation "Il Nibbio"
- by Ferdinando Ranzanici

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