Developing a framework to inform climate change adaptation for global biodiversity

This workshop brought together a multi-disciplinary selection of researchers from CCI and beyond to identify the range of mechanisms by which climate change will impact on species and to determine potential adaptation interventions for each mechanism.

This project was funded by the CCI Strategic Initiative Workshop Fund. This fund provides seed grants for participatory workshops that contribute to the understanding and conservation of biodiversity.

Project Aims

  1. Agree a list of mechanisms through which climate change will impact on species
  2. Identify a range of adaptation options for conservation
  3. Produce a journal paper with accompanying policy-maker summary

Key Activities

This workshop took place on the 18th and 19th July, held at the Judge Business School in Cambridge. It was attended by 23 people and generated interesting debates. The attendees consisted of a range of carefully selected experts, to provide a range of knowledge across taxonomic groups and habitats. Some of the invitees were unable to attend but have agreed to remain involved via email communication and will be adding their thoughts to the workshop outputs.

Conservation Impact

The mechanisms identified on day one have been input to the collaborative fund project ‘Mechanisms Underpinning Climate Change Impacts on Global Biodiversity’. They have been used as part of the key-words for the literature review, and form a framework within which to structure the climate change mechanisms identified in the literature for subsequent reporting. This project has also benefited more widely from the discussions held at the workshop.

The main conclusions from the workshop have been used to produce a policy-focussed summary. An accompanying poster was also produced and presented at the Planet Under Pressure 2012 conference, held in London on the 26th-29th March, an international conference with about 3,000 delegates to input to the Rio+20 conference agenda. Both documents may be used to promote the work and thinking to a wider and non-scientific audience.

In addition to these tangible outputs, the discussions held at the workshop developed new linkages between conservation scientists and conservationists, and strengthened existing ones. The benefits of these will be difficult to quantify, but have increased the profile of CCI amongst a range of academics and policy makers around the UK, and more widely.


  1. CCI Policy Brief: Climate change adaptation for biodiversity (2012) 
  2. CCI Poster: Climate change adaptation for biodiversity presented at the "Planet under Pressure" Conference in London (March 2012)

CCI partners Involved

BirdLife International is a strategic global partnership of conservation organisations in over 100 countries, working to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, and to promote...
Fauna & Flora International (FFI) protects threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and that take account of human needs....
British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is an independent scientific research trust specialising in impartial evidence-based knowledge and advice about populations, movements and ecology of birds and...
IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature, is the world's oldest and largest global environmental network. It helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment...
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. It is the largest wildlife conservation organisation in...
The Department of Plant Sciences' research spans plant and microbial sciences. Conservation-related work in the department includes forest ecology and conservation, tropical ecology, mathematical...
TRAFFIC is a global wildlife trade monitoring network that works to ensure that trade in wild plants and animals is not a threat to the conservation of nature. TRAFFIC is a global network, research-...
The UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is the specialist biodiversity assessment arm of the United Nations Environment Programme, the world’s foremost intergovernmental...
The Department of Zoology carries out wide-ranging work in ecology and conservation including conservation science, aquatic ecology, pathogen evolution and evolutionary ecology. Research of the...

Related Resources

Resource Title Description Type
CCI Policy Brief: Climate change adaptation for biodiversity This Policy Brief was produced as an output of the CCI Strategic Workshop Funded project Developing a framework to inform climate change adaptation for global biodiversity. Suggested citation:CCI... Policy briefs
CCI Poster: Climate change adaptation for biodiversity This poster was produced and presented at the ‘Planet Under Pressure’ conference in London (March 2012). This poster was one of the outputs from the CCI Strategic Workshop Funded project Developing a... Policy briefs, Workshop proceedings