National Projects
Project duration: 
Dec 2022 to Dec 2025


International frameworks for biodiversity conservation highlight the importance of adapting current conservation strategies to create an integrated network of protected areas that will be resilient for protecting biodiversity under different scenarios of climate and land-use change. Our proposed project will provide new knowledge on: i) use of large-scale spatial planning to identify priority areas and gaps in networks of protected areas and improve their resilience to future threats, ii) adapting protected area management to facilitate responses to climate change, including sustainable harvest of exploitable species, and iii) how to upscale biodiversity gains from local conservation interventions to maximize multifunctionality of ecosystem services from wetlands under different governance. We will use the most comprehensive pan-European-scale datasets on landbirds, waterbirds, and seabirds to address these three key topics. Specifically, we will carry out a conservation prioritisation exercise to highlight gaps in the international network of protected areas that would meet targets for 30% at land and sea, and would be more resilient to future threats and pressures. We will also assess the cost-effectiveness for implementation of management plans in protected areas that will facilitate adaptation of birds to climate change, and ensure sustainable harvest of hunted species of waterbirds. Last, we will investigate biodiversity responses to environmental characteristics and management in natural and created wetlands, including the potential benefits of wetland conservation interventions at a landscape scale if effects of local interventions are extended to surrounding wetlands. Our project activities will address the three thematic priorities of the 2021-22 Biodiversa+ call and are relevant to targets of multiple international conservation agreements (UN post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, EU Global Biodiversity Strategy). A majority of European countries are also Contracting Parties to international treaties such as the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA). Our project will contribute to guiding the implementation of both treaties and their Strategic Plans. Our consortium includes 7 research institutions and 8 subcontracted partners whose diverse expertise will ensure effective knowledge transfer, excellence in scientific outcomes, rapid dissemination of the project results, and productive stakeholder engagement to ensure implementation of project results for protection of biodiversity and ecosystems across land and sea.

Proyecto PCI2022-135056-2 financiado por MCIN/AEI /10.13039/501100011033 y por la Unión Europea NextGenerationEU/PRTR