Ecopotential at the EUROGEOSS workshop

Geneva, 12-14 September, 2018

The EuroGEOSS Workshop (formerly known as the European GEO Projects’ Workshop) took place on 12-14 September 2018 at the University of Geneva and the Museum of Ethnography. The event was co-organised by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, the European Commission with the support of the University of Geneva.

The workshop brought together European players interested in and actively contributing to the Global Earth Observations System of Systems (GEOSS). The aim was to look for synergies among the participants and to discuss how Europe can contribute to this international effort.

The EuroGEOSS workshop programmewas a combination of plenary and thematic sessions, hands-on demonstrations and numerous networking opportunities.

The workshop was the occasion to show and discuss the panorama of the European projects contributing to GEO and to its main themes. An entire day was devoted to contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals, and ECOPOTENTIAL partner Ghada El Serafy chaired the session devoted to SDG 15 about the contribution of EO to the conservation of terrestrial ecosystems. Earth Observations (EOs) based products and services, in fact, play an important role in monitoring indicators, such as biodiversity loss and degradation of ecosystems, tracking progress, planning, and supporting decision making that will contribute towards achieving SDG 15. Being able to access historical and near real time physical and biogeochemical information on large spatial areas enables nations to monitor SDG 15 targets in a consistent and standardized manner, reducing the costs of monitoring and reporting the aspirations reflected in SDG 15 significantly.

The presentations of Palma Blonda (CNR) and Richard Lucas (USW) highlighted the role of ECOPOTENTIAL and its products to contribute to SDG 15 through the many actions of the project, including the production of maps and time series, prediction models, specific software and applications (EODESM in particular, the Earth Observation Data for Ecosystem Monitoring software) and the creation of a Community of Practice of scientists, decision makers and protected areas managers.

All info are available at:, where it is possible to download presentations and posters.