Dear Readers, This is the second release of the ECOPOTENTIAL newsletter. This number comes at the end of the first year of the project activities, during which we have undertaken important steps towards reaching the project objectives. The main ecosystems challenges in the Protected Areas have been addressed and described in the Storylines; available and … Continue reading “”

Monitoring, Mapping, and Modeling Interactions Between Human Uses of the Mediterranean and its Gentle Sea Giants

Whales have long captured our attention, first as a source of food and fuel, and more recently as iconic species that drive small, but thriving tourism ventures. Unfortunately, human beings have not always acted in the best interests of whales or even in a way that helps to protect the long term economic value that … Continue reading “Monitoring, Mapping, and Modeling Interactions Between Human Uses of the Mediterranean and its Gentle Sea Giants”

Two new storylines: Pelagos and Montados

For each protected area in ECOPOTENTIAL, the partners are defining a number of narratives (the storylines), which contextualize the overall workflow of ECOPOTENTIAL in particular ecological, management and policy settings, highlighting the need of EO and in situ data, and putting the bases for the operational work in the field. Storylines are iterative processes whose … Continue reading “Two new storylines: Pelagos and Montados”

A storyline: Pelagos, a Cetaceans Sanctuary in the Mediterranean Sea

Drakou E, Himes-Cornell A, Pendleton L, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Insitut Universitaire Europeen de la Mer This storyline aims at addressing the species distribution of cetaceans within the Mediterranean and the role of humans both as a driver of change that affects their population and as a recipient of the benefits generated from these species. … Continue reading “A storyline: Pelagos, a Cetaceans Sanctuary in the Mediterranean Sea”

Montado Systems in Natura 2000: Finding the Road to Long-Term Sustainability

Vânia Proença, Helena Martins, Tiago Domingos. MARETEC – Marine, Environment and Technology Centre, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal Montado is a High Natural Value wood-pasture system characteristic of the SW region of the Iberian Peninsula. High levels of biodiversity are maintained by the structural diversity at different spatial scales and by the … Continue reading “Montado Systems in Natura 2000: Finding the Road to Long-Term Sustainability”

Discover a Protected Area: The Mediterranean Large Marine Ecosystem and the Pelagos Sanctuary for Marine Mammals

Drakou E, Himes-Cornell A, Pendleton L, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Insitut Universitaire Europeen de la Mer The Pelagos Sanctuary for Mediterranean Marine Mammals is a large (~90,000km2) transboundary marine protected area (MPA) in the north-western Mediterranean Sea, between Italy, France and the Island of Sardinia, encompassing Corsica and the Tuscan Archipelago. The area contains essential … Continue reading “Discover a Protected Area: The Mediterranean Large Marine Ecosystem and the Pelagos Sanctuary for Marine Mammals”

Discover a Protected Area: The Montados Ecosystem (Portugal)

Vânia Proença, Helena Martins, Tiago Domingos – MARETEC – Marine, Environment and Technology Centre, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal Montados (or dehesas in Spanish) are traditional agro-forestry systems with a savanna type structure, characteristic of the Mediterranean Basin. In Portugal, Montados are mainly distributed in the southern half of the country where … Continue reading “Discover a Protected Area: The Montados Ecosystem (Portugal)”

150 Years of Ecology

Alberto Basset, Sara Montinaro, Università del Salento, Italy In 1866, the German scientist Ernst Haeckel formalised for the first time a concept, already present in its time although not completely expressed yet, the ecology one, as the science studying “the interactions among organisms and with the biotic and abiotic conditions of the environment they live … Continue reading “150 Years of Ecology”

ECOPOTENTIAL among the projects mentioned in the EU campaign #EuFactor!

#EuFactor is a project promoted by the Representation of the European Commission in Italy and the Information Office of the European Parliament in Italy. It is primarily addressed to young people, between 16 and 19 years old, who are thinking about their future university careers. The aim is to make them aware of the employment … Continue reading “ECOPOTENTIAL among the projects mentioned in the EU campaign #EuFactor!”

ECOPOTENTIAL General Assembly – Texel (The Netherlands) June 27th-30th 2016

The ECOPOTENTIAL General Assembly will take place in Texel (The Netherlands), on June 27th-30th 2016. It will be a unique occasion for gathering all the consortium partners and the scientific advisors, and it provides an important forum for discussing all scientific issues of the project. As the ultimate decision-making body, it will decide on all … Continue reading “ECOPOTENTIAL General Assembly – Texel (The Netherlands) June 27th-30th 2016”

News and Events in ECOPOTENTIAL

Summer School: Cross-Scale Interactions in the Coupled Geosphere-Biosphere System   15-24 June 2016, Valsavarenche, Valle d’Aosta (Italy) This Summer School aims at providing young researchers – in particular doctorate students – with an up-to-date interdisciplinary course presenting a quantitative approach to the physical, chemical, geological, biological and ecological principles of geosphere-biosphere interactions on multiple spatial … Continue reading “News and Events in ECOPOTENTIAL”

Other Initiatives and Conferences

Global Ocean Science Education Workshop 13-15 June 2016, Paris The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, together with the Consortium for Ocean Science Exploration and Engagement, and the College of Exploration is co-hosting the 2016 Global Ocean Science Education Workshop. The workshop will discuss science, education, policy and business role in advancing ocean science education for … Continue reading “Other Initiatives and Conferences”