16 – 20 January 2017, Arles, France

SWOS (Satellite-based Wetland Observation Service) and Ecopotential share more than being both two H2020 projects: SWOS aims to make best use of Remote Sensing data for monitoring Ecosystem Services in wetlands, with a particular focus on areas where availability of data is poor. Stakeholders’ involvement is essential in SWOS for designing services and products and delivering tools for supporting policy making and management for wetland ecosystems. Ecopotential and SWOS approaches are thus very similar and, sharing the experiences of the two scientific communities, can bring benefits to both projects. This is the main driver for organizing the next first joint ECOPOTENTIAL-SWOS meeting that will take place at Tour du Valat (Institut de recherche pour la conservation des zones humides méditerranéennes) in Arles, France, from 16th to 20th January 2017. The meeting will host parallel thematic workshops and will focus on the identification of common research interests in using RS data for assessing and mapping ecosystem services and for developing tools for assisting Protected Areas managers in sustainable ecosystem services supply, and it will aim to identify concrete collaborations and discuss joint scientific publications.