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Forschungs- und Transferzentrum "Nachhaltigkeit und Klimafolgenmanagement"
Forschungs- und Transferzentrum "Nachhaltigkeit und Klimafolgenmanagement"

Climate Change and a whole and global warming in particular,  are known to have a negative impact on biodiversity in  three main ways. Firstly, increases in temperatures are known to be detrimental to a number of organisms, especially those in sensitive habitats such as coral reefs and rainforests. Secondly, the pressures posed by a changing climate  may lead to sets of responses in areas as varied as phenology, range and physiology of living organismss, often leading to changes in life cycles (especially but not only in reproduction), losses in productivity or even death. On occasions, the very survival of some very sensitive species may be  endangered. Thirdly, the impacts of climate change to biodiversity are estimated to be felt in the short term in respect of some species and ecosystems, but also in the medium and long term in many biomes. Indeed, if left unattended, some of these impacts may be irreversible. 

The Convention on Biodiversity acknowledges the fact that biodiversity is affected by climate change, and that biodiversity, through the ecosystem services it supports, also makes an important contribution to both climate-change mitigation and adaptation.  In addition, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has, in connection with its 5th Assessment Report (AR5), recognized the fact that without adaptation, further changes in climate, atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), and ocean acidity are projected to have substantial impacts on water resources, coastal ecosystems, infrastructure, health, agriculture, and biodiversity.

At present, many individual governments, financial Institutes  and international donors are currently spending billions of dollars in projects around climate change and biodiversity, but with little coordination. Quite often, the  emphasis is on adaptation efforts, with little emphasis on the connections between physio-ecological changes and the life cycles and metabolisms of fauna and flora, or the influence of poor governance on biodiversity. There is therefore a perceived need to not only better understand the impacts of climate change on biodiversity,  but to also identify, test and implement measures aimed at managing the many risks climate change poses to fauna, flora and micro organisms. In particular, the question as to how better restore and protect ecosystems from the impact of climate change also has to be urgently addressed.

It is in order to address this need that the World Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity (WSCCB-2018) is being organized by the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP),  the Research and Transfer Centre “Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management” of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), in collaboration with a set of organisations. The Symposium will be a truly interdisciplinary event, mobilizing scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental agencies, undertaking research and/or executing projects on climate change and biodiversity across the world.

The importance and value of WSSB-2018 can be assessed if one considers the fact that natural resources  and biodiversity are essential to the economies  of many countries, especially the  developing nations in Africa, Asia, Latin America/Caribbean and Asia, where the many threats of climate change to biodiversity conservation pose a serious risk to their socio-economic development. 

The Symposium is also a concrete contribution towards reaching a set of the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 1 (No Hunger), SDG 2 (No Poverty), SDG 13 (Climate Action), SDG 14  (Life Below Water) and SDG 15 (Life on Land), since biodiversity issues permeate all these themes. 

Apart from offering a platform for specialist discussions,  the Symposium will address the need to document and disseminate the experiences available on climate change and biodiversity today,  by producing the peer-reviewed Handbook of Climate Change and Biodiversity,  with all accepted contributions. This timely publication will be produced, so as to provide a sound and long-term basis to the documentation of current and future experiences, which may be updated  on a regular basis.

Letzte Änderung: 16.04.18

An die Redaktion

3rd - 5th April 2018: World Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity (WSCCB-2018), Manchester, UK


Dr. Jelena Barbir
International Climate Change Information Programme

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