BRANCH - Biodiversity Requires Adaptations in Nort.. (BRANCH)
BRANCH - Biodiversity Requires Adaptations in Northwest Europe under a Changing climate
Start date: Apr 30, 2003,
End date: Sep 29, 2007
Biodiversity must adapt to climate change. For many habitats and species, this will be difficult because the landscape across Europe is fragmented and past decisions limit the opportunities for adaptation. Spatial planners must act now to create a landscape and coastline that can withstand the effects of climate change. BRANCH (Biodiversity Requires Adaptation in Northwest Europe under a CHanging climate) provides the guidance and evidence to take action. An INTERREG IIIB funded project, BRANCH brought together planners policy makers and scientists from England, France and the Netherlands, to show how spatial planning could help biodiversity to adapt to climate change. Achievements: The final report outlines our main transnational conclusions and recommendation under the themes: The risk of climate change; Spatial planning is vital; Leadership and co-operation; Wildlife networks; Integrated approach and communication; Reinterpreting the Habitats Directive; Flexible responses transferable tools. Act now : This final report was designed to be an accessible overview of the project story and conclusions for the lay reader. The technical annexes to this report are provide more technical detail for experts.
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