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Adapting nature protection to the challenges of climate change in Europe : basis of dynamic collective learning

Reference: LIFE17 CCA/FR/000089 | Acronym: LIFE #CC #Naturadapt



Climate change is impacting on the functioning of natural ecosystems, their habitats and the species they host. As a consequence, the way that we understand and manage these ecosystems will need to change. While the impact of climate change is globally recognised, managers rarely take into account the effects of climate change in their action plans. In 2015 in France, for example, less than 15% of them reported that they were aware of this issue. Managers do not anticipate the increasing vulnerability of species, habitats and ecosystems to climate change, along with possible degradations in the delivery of ecosystem services.


The LIFE #CC #Naturadapt project aims to integrate climate change adaptation into the management and protection of natural sites. Its approach is to develop relevant methods, tools and services required to carry out climate change vulnerability assessments and to develop adaptation plans for natural protected areas. These will build on the shared vision of stakeholders on challenges and solutions, which make allowance for the needs and constraints of site managers. The professional team of RNF (Réserves Naturelles de France) will support the emergence of a community of practitioners with a common approach to adaptations in the management of natural areas. The project also aims to facilitate access to knowledge on how protected sites should be managed. Such knowledge will enable site managers and biodiversity stakeholders to respond in a cost-effective manner to the effects of climate change. It will also support the development of mechanisms that make it possible to share and disseminate innovative actions in the field of nature protection adaptation as well as support the application of the project’s results to other sites in France and elsewhere in Europe.

Expected results:

  • Protected area managers employing the operational expertise and knowledge provided by the Help Desk, which will continuously be enriched as new experiences are gained;
  • Identification of key vulnerabilities of natural areas along with priority climate change adaptation measures at the relevant territorial scale: 21 vulnerability assessments and climate change adaptation plans produced over the project lifetime;
  • Creation of a first knowledge database on required adaptations measures in the management of natural areas in response to climate change;
  • The community of practitioners benefiting from new methods, tools and services to anticipate climate change;
  • Methodological guidance accessible to all via the development of online training modules;
  • Climate services accessible to protected area managers;
  • Managers able to develop detailed and sound planning that prioritises climate change adaptation measures;
  • Increased awareness of managers and stakeholders (>735 directly involved; >5000 targeted by awareness raising, dissemination and communication activities);
  • Organisation of the community of protected area managers to address adaptation in a cost-effective and efficient manner;
  • Raised awareness of the challenges linked to the protection of natural areas;
  • 21 management plans developed, including a climate change adaptation plan to shift from traditional methods to adaptive methods; and
  • 250 measures of current management plans aligned with the objectives of the climate change adaptation plan.


    Reference: LIFE17 CCA/FR/000089
    Acronym: LIFE #CC #Naturadapt
    Start Date: 02/07/2018
    End Date: 31/07/2023
    Total Eligible Budget: 4,210,764 €
    EU Contribution: 2,526,456 €
    Project Location:


    Coordinating Beneficiary: Réserves Naturelles de France
    Legal Status: PNC
    Address: 2 allée Pierre Lacroute CS 67 524, 21075, DIJON,
    Contact Person: Karine MICHEA
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    • Natural resources and ecosystems


    • protected area
    • decision making support
    • climate protection
    • natural environment
    • information service


    • COM(2013)216 - EU Strategy on adaptation to climate change (16.04.2013)
    • Directive 92/43 - Conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora- Habitats Directive (21.05.1992)
    • COM(2011) 244 final “Our life insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020” (03.05.2011)


    Name Type
    Réserves Naturelles de France Coordinator
    Syndicat Mixte du Parc naturel régional du Morvan, France Participant
    Association Petite Camargue Alsacienne, France Participant
    Asters - Conservatoire des Espaces naturels de Haute-Savoie, France Participant
    TELA BOTANICA, France Participant
    EUROPARC Federation, Germany Participant
    Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, France Participant
    Syndicat mixte du Parc naturel régional des Volcans d’Auvergne, France Participant
    Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux, France Participant
    Fédération des Réserves Naturelles catalanes, France Participant