ILTER 2017 annual meeting & LTER France meeting

Oct 2nd – 6th 2017, Nantes, France The LTER-France – Zones Ateliers Network & Critical Zone Observatories – will host the 25th ILTER annual meeting. It will be combined with the Zone Atelier Biennial Conference and it will focus on the further achievement of Long Term Socio-ecological Research. The purpose of the joint conference is … Continue reading “ILTER 2017 annual meeting & LTER France meeting”

6th International Symposium for Research in Protected Areas 2017

2 – 4 November 2017 – Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Salzburg, Austria The manifold aspects of the interrelation between protection aims, protected area management and the impacts on nature, society and the regional economy in times of transition form the general thematic base of this international conference, held every four years since 1996. … Continue reading “6th International Symposium for Research in Protected Areas 2017”

EASME: 2017 Information Day on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020

8 – 9 November 2017, Brussels, Belgium Information Day and brokerage event on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020, Challenge “Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials”, will take place on 8 and 9 November 2017 in Brussels in the European Commission’s Charlemagne building, rue de la Loi 170. The event targets potential applicants … Continue reading “EASME: 2017 Information Day on the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020”

ESP 9 Ecosystem services Partnership World Conference

11 – 15 December 2017, Shenzhen, China The ESP9 World Conference, Ecosystem Services for Eco-civilization: Restoring connections between people and landscapes through nature-based solutions is chosen as this year’s them will be organised in Shenzhen, China from 11-15 December 2017. This conference aims to bring both the national and international ecosystem services community together to … Continue reading “ESP 9 Ecosystem services Partnership World Conference”

Dear Readers, ECOPOTENTIAL successfully completed its first reporting period (at 18 months) and it is now a well-established project. This issue of the ECOPOTENTIAL newsletter provides news about the research activities that are currently ongoing within the project, as well as dissemination articles generated by the scientific activities and results of the partners, that span … Continue reading “”

Discover a Protected Area: Camargue

Brigitte Poulin, Tour du Valat (FR) The Man and Biosphere Unesco Reserve of Camargue comprises most of the geomorphological delta of the Rhône river in southern France. Located within the Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot, it covers 193000 ha, including 145000 ha inland. The MAB reserve comprises one natural regional park, two national nature reserves (highest protection … Continue reading “Discover a Protected Area: Camargue”

Turning up the heat on global hotspots of marine biodiversity

Ramírez (1, 2), I. Afán (3), L. S. Davis (4) and A. Chiaradia (2) (1) Department of Wetland Ecology, Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC), Sevilla, Spain; (2) Research Department, Phillip Island Nature Parks, Victoria, Australia; (3) Laboratorio de SIG y Teledetección (LAST-EBD), Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC), Sevilla, Spain; (4) Centre for Science Communication, University … Continue reading “Turning up the heat on global hotspots of marine biodiversity”

Land Cover Change detected by CORINE for European Protected Areas

Ariane Walz and Luisa Gedon, Institute of Earth and Environmental Science | University of Potsdam CORINE Land Cover is the official pan-European land cover monitoring programme being operational since the late 1980s and covering four survey periods for 1990, 2000, 2006 and 2012. We investigated land cover changes as detected by the CORINE programme for … Continue reading “Land Cover Change detected by CORINE for European Protected Areas”

Ancient agricultural systems in Har HaNegev

Arnon Karnieli, BGU University of the Negev, Israel In ancient times as today, water management involved collection, transport, and storage. For harsh desert areas of less than 100 mm of rain, such as the Har HaNegev, collection of water to support drylands agriculture was the most important consideration.  In this landscape rainfall runs off the … Continue reading “Ancient agricultural systems in Har HaNegev”


16-18 January 2017, Tour du Valat – Camargue (F) A joint meeting for the two European projects SWOS (Satellite-based Wetland Observation Service) and ECOPOTENTIAL was held from 16 to 18 January 2017 at the Tour du Valat in the Camargue. More than forty participants came from all over Europe. The two projects are both funded … Continue reading “ECOPOTENTIAL-SWOS joint meeting”

Har HaNegev Protected Area workshop

7-10 February 2017, Ben Gurion University, Sde Boker Israel ECOPOTENTIAL scientists met at Ben Gurion University (BGU), Sede Boker Campus, Israel from Feb 7 to Feb 10, 2017 to discuss the fundamental scientific topics of the project, such as detection and description of spatial and temporal changes in the Protected Areas of Har HaNegev, ecological … Continue reading “Har HaNegev Protected Area workshop”

Landuse-Landcover Change Using Open Source GIS

7-10 February 2017, Ben Gurion University, Sde Boker Israel Among the many geo-spatial analysis tools available in GIS applications, Landuse Landcover Change (LULCC) analysis is key to understanding environmental changes over time.  Whether these changes are anthropogenic or induced by climate change, a properly configured LULCC procedure can pinpoint which classifications have changed, and where … Continue reading “Landuse-Landcover Change Using Open Source GIS”

ECOPOTENTIAL Science School in La Palma

17 February – 3 March 2017, La Palma (E)  This year’s La Palma Science School was dedicated explicitly on the ecological characteristics of protected areas. Different categories of protected areas, that are established on the island, were taken into consideration (National Park Caldera de Taburiente, La Palma World Biosphere Reserve, Natura 2000 sites, Sites of … Continue reading “ECOPOTENTIAL Science School in La Palma”