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”

2nd WP8 Meeting on Cross-Scale Interaction

16-17 February 2017, Potsdam (D) Ariane Walz (Univ. of Potsdam), Elisa Palazzi (CNR), Emiliana Valentini (ISPRA), Arnon Karnieli (BGU) and Ed Wheatcroft (LSE) In February 16-17 2017, many of the WP8 core group made it again to Potsdam for our second Work Package Meeting! Here, we used the opportunity to highlight some of the latest … Continue reading “2nd WP8 Meeting on Cross-Scale Interaction”

Ecosystem Services Assessment in the Netherlands

8 March 2017, Schiphol (NL) Alex Ziemba, Deltares At the beginning of March, 2017, a collection of participants from Work Package 7, and various other work packages connected to it, met in the Netherlands in order to discuss the current status of Ecosystem Service(ES) Assessment for the various Protected Areas(PAs) in the ECOPOTENTIAL project.  During … Continue reading “Ecosystem Services Assessment in the Netherlands”

ECOPOTENTIAL @Climate Europe Festival in Valencia

4 – 6 April 2017, Valencia (E) ECOPOTENTIAL has been presented by Ioannis Manakos at the Climateurope Festival 2017 that took place in Valencia on April 4-6. The festival offered a varied 2½ day programme of lectures, discussions, networking and performances to explore the state-of-the-art of climate information, and its uses and value in decision-making … Continue reading “ECOPOTENTIAL @Climate Europe Festival in Valencia”

Application of Earth Observation tools in protected areas workshop – Establishing a community of practice.

2 – 5 May 2017, Pisa (I) Innovative technologies for Earth Observation and modelling are emerging. European Protected Areas (PAs) have the opportunity to be at the forefront in their application, such as for demonstrating the value their ecosystems bring to society. The main aim of this meeting is to determine what kind of products … Continue reading “Application of Earth Observation tools in protected areas workshop – Establishing a community of practice.”

ECOPOTENTAL General Assembly

15 – 19 May 2017, Crete (GR) The Second ECOPOTENTIAL General Scientific Meeting and General Assembly of Partners will take place in Heraklion, Crete, from May 16th to May 19th, kindly hosted by the ECOPOTENTIAL Partner FORTH. The General Meeting is aimed at a comprehensive presentation and discussion about the research activities, highlighting the status … Continue reading “ECOPOTENTAL General Assembly”

The EcoPontential official repository is open!

ECOPOTENTIAL opens its repository for publications on PUMA (PUblications MAnagement) – the official documents repository of CNR. PUMA ( is a digital library management system for institutional repositories of technical or scientific documents, either published or self-archived, managed by the National Research Council of Italy – CNR. Puma allows search and browse services, administrative and … Continue reading “The EcoPontential official repository is open!”