Discover a Protected Area: Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park (KNP) and surrounding areas is a semi-arid ecosystem supporting high levels of biodiversity and also benefits from ecotourism that contribute substantially to the South African economy. In addition, areas surrounding KNP are occupied by rural communities who solely rely on natural resources for their daily sustenance or livelihoods – including food … Continue reading “Discover a Protected Area: Kruger National Park”

Ecopotential Storyline: Savanna dynamics at Kruger National Park

The Kruger National Park (KNP) and surrounding areas is a semi-arid ecosystem supporting high levels of biodiversity and also benefits from ecotourism that contribute substantially to the South African economy. As the largest biomes in sub-Saharan Africa, these ecosystems host a large proportion of the African population, generally the poorest communities, who rely extensively for … Continue reading “Ecopotential Storyline: Savanna dynamics at Kruger National Park”

What’s Ecopotential about? Discover it fast and easy with our video!

Let’s be honest, scientific research projects can sometimes be difficult to understand and explain to those around you. For this reason, the ECOPOTENTIAL Communication Team is proud and excited to launch a new video explaining the project with a simple but effective animation: http://ecopotential-project.eu/outreach/video This handcrafted video tells a story involving Peter, a protected area manager, and … Continue reading “What’s Ecopotential about? Discover it fast and easy with our video!”

ECOPOTENTIAL Scientific Publications and Presentations

Since the beginning of the project, our scientists are working for presenting and publishing the results of their research. In the first 18 months, Ecopotential research results have been presented more than 50 times at conferences, workshops and other scientific meetings, while the project has been presented more than 20 times, included highly relevant international … Continue reading “ECOPOTENTIAL Scientific Publications and Presentations”

A new book about Global Change Impacts in Sierra Nevada

A new book from our #protectedareas, Sierra Nevada (Spain), entitled: “Global Change Impacts in Sierra Nevada: Challenges for conservation” #conservation #globalchange has been published. Sierra Nevada Global Change Observatory is a long term monitoring program to assess the effects of global change in Sierra Nevada, a high mountain region located in southern Spain. Since 2007 … Continue reading “A new book about Global Change Impacts in Sierra Nevada”

ECOPOTENTIAL research at the SCERIN workshop in Slovakia

18-22 July 2016, Zvolen, Slovakia On 18-22 of July 2016 over 40 participants (academics and researchers) from 13 countries – Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, The Netherlands, Turkey, Ukraine, USA – met in the framework of SCERIN (South Central and Eastern European Regional Information Network) Capacity Building Workshop (CBW) in … Continue reading “ECOPOTENTIAL research at the SCERIN workshop in Slovakia”

European Ecosystem Services Conference

19-23 September 2016, Antwerp, Belgium The 2016 ESP Ecosystem Services (ESs) European Union Conference (http://www.esconference2016.eu/) was held on the 19th-23rd of September in Antwerp Belgium. The conference featured presentations and discussions spanning a wide berth of Ecosystem Services applications, from conceptual frameworks to case study investigations. There were representatives from industry who exhibited their developments … Continue reading “European Ecosystem Services Conference”

Shared Ecopotential-Swos stand at the ESP-ESS conference

20th September 2016, Antwerp, Belgium At the last European conference of the Ecosystem Services Partnership, a networking day (20th of September) was organized with 40 stands from the community, where businesses, practitioners, policymakers and researchers met and showcased their work. In this occasion, partners of ECOPOTENTIAL and SWOS worked together to organize a stand at … Continue reading “Shared Ecopotential-Swos stand at the ESP-ESS conference”

51st European Marine Biology Symposium: ECOPOTENTIAL presentation on the role of ecosystems functions and services as requirements for Protected Areas

 26 – 30 September 2016, Rhodes, Greece At the 51st European Marine Biology Symposium, held from 26 to 30 September in Rhodes, Greece, Herman Hummel and his colleagues illustrated the aims and role of ECOPOTENTIAL in a presentation entitled “The role of ecosystem functions and ecosystem services among the requirements for protected areas”. In the … Continue reading “51st European Marine Biology Symposium: ECOPOTENTIAL presentation on the role of ecosystems functions and services as requirements for Protected Areas”

Future climate projections for PAs: Climate Downscaling

26-27 September 2016, Pisa, Italy The general strategy for future climate projections in ECOPOTENTIAL Protected Areas was discussed and decided during the Workshop on Future Projections held in Pisa, Italy, on September 26–27 2016. More than 20 researchers attended the meeting, representing ten protected areas within the project: Hardangervidda, Camargue, Curonian Lagoon, Gran Paradiso, Kruger, … Continue reading “Future climate projections for PAs: Climate Downscaling”

Ecopotential @ Researchers Night!

30th September 2016, Greece, Portugal, Italy Ecopotential scientists could not miss the participation at the European Researchers night! In September 30, research institutions from all over Europe opened their gates to citizens and students and proudly showed their work and research infrastructures. ECOPOTENTIAL has been presented in Thessaloniki (Greece), Porto (Portugal), Lecce and Pisa (Italy) … Continue reading “Ecopotential @ Researchers Night!”

International LTER network’s first Open Science Meeting

9-13 October 2016, Kruger National Park, South Africa The first ILTER Open Science Meeting has taken place in the Kruger National Park in South Africa from Sunday, 9 October to Thursday, 13 October 2016. The conference has been hosted by the National Research Foundation, (NRF), the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the South … Continue reading “International LTER network’s first Open Science Meeting”

GEO-XIII Plenary Session

7-10 November 2016, St.  Petersburg, Russian Federation The GEO-XIII Plenary and Exhibition took place at the Park Inn by Radisson Pribaltiyskaya hotel in St. Petersburg (Russian Federation) from 7 to 10 November 2016 (http://www.earthobservations.org/geo13.php). GEO is a unique global network, including more than 100 national governments and in excess of 100 Participating Organizations that envisions a … Continue reading “GEO-XIII Plenary Session”

LIFE-ECOPOTENTIAL Meeting

15-17 November 2016, Irvine (CA), United State On 15-17 November 2016, the University of California at Irvine hosted the meeting between representatives of the ECOPOTENTIAL Project (Antonello Provenzale, Constantin Cazacu, Ghada El Serafy and Herman Hummel) and participants in the LIFE Network. LIFE (Linked Institutions for Future Earth) is an international network of institutions, researchers … Continue reading “LIFE-ECOPOTENTIAL Meeting”