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Wetlands as a nature-based solution to climate change

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Climate-adapted wetlands can play an instrumental role in mitigating the adverse impacts of climate change and function as natural climate buffers – also for other land use and economics. Developing robust, connected and resilient wetlands is an objective of the Eurosite Wetlands and Climate Change working group.

The working group was set up following the request by a number of Eurosite members to:

  • increase exchange of knowledge about ecosystem-based approaches to adapt wetlands to climate change and mitigate its impacts;
  • follow and react to the developments of policy and practice in relation to wetlands and climate change and their effects on the Natura 2000 network, and advocate best possible approaches; and to
  • cooperate on the development of joint projects and identify funding sources.

Watch this great brief video about wetlands and climate change by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands:

Following its aims, the working group selected the latest news related to the topic and issued a special Eurosite eNewsletter about Wetlands and Climate Change.


Why wetlands are important to mitigate climate change
By Iain Sime, Scottish Natural Heritage

Wetlands and the global climate change policy context
By Lea Appulo, Wetlands International

Incorporating climate change in site management plans
By Mike Morecroft and Simon Duffield, Natural England

Wetlands and peatlands at the COP22
By Lea Appulo, Wetlands International

Wetlands do not save themselves: encouraging community involvement is vital
By Chris Walley, A Rocha

Peatlands in the Nordic-Baltic region
By Tuula Kurikka and Jari Ilmonen, Parks & Wildlife Finland

Dutch Climate Buffers: nature-based solutions for climate change
By Paul Vertegaal, Natuurmonumenten

Estimate river flows to set climate change mitigation goals
By Lydia Alvanou, Axios – Loudias – Aliakmonas Management Authority

Sponges as a nature-based solution for flood prevention
By Els Otterman, consultancy & project management