Dear Readers,

ECOPOTENTIAL is in its third year of activity and we are obtaining an increasing visibility at European and international level, thanks to the hard work of our community. We could see this clearly at the 2017 GEO Week that took place in Washington DC on October 23-27, where ECOPOTENTIAL has been presented in many side events and also gained visibility at the European Union stand with two posters and ten videos prepared by partners and by the communication team of CNR.

ECOPOTENTIAL is strengthening its links with research networks as ILTER and Life Watch.

While a Memorandum of Understanding is under approval for the LifeWatch ERIC, ECOPOTENTIAL researchers have been very active at the ILTER conference and meetings where research works have been presented, as well as the project as a whole.

Also the building of the Community of practice is proceeding, with the next step being a training course on the use of Remote Sensing products for the staff of protected areas, to be held in Pisa on February, 19-23 2018.

The next step for strengthening the networking and visibility of the project will be in January in Bruxelles, where ECOPOTENTIAL will be presented at the European Parliament with a photo exhibition (Jan 8th -12th), followed by a one-day long workshop and discussion about the project outputs and the links with other related research networks (Jan 10th). A special issue of the Newsletter will report about this event in January.

Readers will find this issue of the newsletter extremely dense of news and events, reporting the outcomes from scientific research of partners in several protected areas as Hardangervidda, Swiss National Park, KalKalpen National Park in Austria and La Palma in the Canary islands (Spain), as well as workshops and events organised or attended by ECOPOTENTIAL researchers and a list of the latest publications. A particular attention is given to the reports of the ECOPOTENTIAL participation to the 2017 GEO Week in Washington DC, USA.

Enjoy reading the newsletter and come to us with questions and comments to know more about our project and to be engaged in fruitful and intriguing discussions!

Antonello Provenzale, National Research Council of Italy, Coordinator of ECOPOTENTIAL