Doñana storyline workshops “Conserving dynamic wetlands under combined global, regional and local stressors”

4 – 6 April 2017, Doñana Biological Station, CSIC, Seville (E)

On the 4th of April 2017, several participants from various work packages of ECOPOTENTIAL project met at the Doñana Biological Station (EBD, Spanish Research Council) to attend the ‘Doñana Storyline Workshop’.

The workshop had two objectives: (1) to facilitate coordination among partners already involved (CERTH, DLR, UNSW) in the development of the Doñana PA storyline, and (2) to foster the participation of new partners who can collaborate in knowledge gaps that have been identified through the development of an EBD-internal conceptual model of the storyline.

On the 5th of April the participants had the opportunity to visit the Doñana National Park. Finally, on Thursday 6th of April, some of them stayed for a ‘Stakeholders Workshop’ at EBD’s facilities within the Park.

During that last workshop the co-design of EO-based tools in the framework of the storyline was started with potential users and stakeholders such as the National Park Administration, the Guadalquivir River Authority, the Andalusian Institute of Hunting, WWF, and representatives of the Environmental Businesses sector.

The background of the two workshops described above were a series of internal workshops for planning and coordinating EBD’s work, using the storyline of the Doñana PA as a guideline. Based on participative techniques, two types of conceptual maps were developed. First, EBD developed a Mind Map of ecosystem services for the Doñana’s storyline based on CICES classification, which, in synergy with tasks in WP7, will be further specified into Bayesian Belief Networks and decision support systems. Second, EBD carried out a Group Model Building exercise to project into the future the causal factors needed for the sustainability of the ecosystem services provided by the Doñana marshland (i.e. the Doñana PA’s main wetland). This exercise was also aimed at defining EBD’s aims and in-house capacities to offer within ECOPOTENTIAL, distributing work and responsibilities, and highlighting opportunities to collaborate with other project’s partners.