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.
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.
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.
Consistent with the need for more cross-sectoral interactions among the various stakeholders working in the field of climate change, the aims of WSCCB-2018 are as follows:
- I. to provide research institutions, universities, NGOs, cultural institutions, government and development aid agencies and enterprises from across the world with an opportunity to display and present their works in the field of climate change and biodiversity conservation;
- II. to foster the exchange of information, ideas and experiences acquired in the execution of climate
- change and biodiversity initiatives and projects, especially successful initiatives and good practice across the world;
- III. to discuss methodological approaches also lifelong learning, and experiences deriving from case studies and projects, which aim to show how biodiversity conservation initiatives in response to climate change may be implemented in practice;
- IV. to network the participants and provide a platform so they can explore possibilities for cooperation.