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British Ecological Society
Protected areas under climate change: challenges and opportunities

Tue 19th January 2021 - Thu 21st January 2021, Online

Protected areas (PAs) have long been the cornerstone of conservation. However, some authors question their utility in a world where species distributions are changing in response to climate change. New species of conservation concern may move into reserves, meaning PAs will remain valuable but for different reasons.

This therefore raises the question of whether the current system of designation is fit for purpose. Can a new system be designed to allow for species movement and community change? Could this allow protected areas to remain effective in a changing world, balancing the increased demand for Nature Based Solutions and considering management options to aid adaptation to climate change? Join us at this workshop and help us find out.

Confirmed invited speakers

So far, our speakers include:

  • Jeff Price – Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
  • Ainhize Butron – European Nature Conservation Agency
  • Risto Heikkinen – Finnish Environment Institute
  • Stephanie Manel – University of Montpellier
  • Nicholas Macgregor – Parks Australia
  • Raimo Virkkala – Finnish Environment Institute


Registration is currently open and will close on 4 Jan 2021.

Register here.

by BES Climate Change Ecology Special Interest Group £22.15 – £43.71

Tue, Jan 19, 2021, 8:00 AM – Thu, Jan 21, 2021, 6:00 PM GMT