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EcoArm2ERA — Result In Brief

Project ID: 294924
Funded under: FP7-INCO
Country: Armenia

Better environmental research for Armenia

An EU-funded project has helped an Armenian environmental research institute to benefit from new research collaborations with other European institutions.
Better environmental research for Armenia
The Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies (CENS) is the premier environmental research centre in Armenia, conducting applied research into ecology and environmental protection. To improve the quality and impact of research at CENS, the institute sought to increase research cooperation within the European Research Area (ERA).

The ECOARM2ERA (EU cooperation capacity building of Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies of National Academy of Sciences of Armenia: Towards Armenia's integration into the ERA) project aimed to strengthen cooperation between this leading Armenian institute and other European centres in the area of environmental protection and monitoring. ECOARM2ERA paired CENS with the Earth Sciences Institute of the University College Dublin (UCD) and the Institute of Environmental Sciences at the University of Geneva (UNIGE).

Project members organised two international workshops on how to use a spatial decision-support system for environmental monitoring. This formed part of the research collaboration on environmental observation with UCD and UNIGE. This system will enable research into, for example, the detection and prediction of land-use changes and spatial planning, and environment and food chain risk assessments.

Another major outcome of the project was the Strategy Development Agenda for CENS, which outlines how further partnerships will be developed within ERA. In addition, the sustainable spatial data infrastructure at CENS has been scaled up for better data management and processing.

Finally, the collaborative project integrated CENS into international initiatives like Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). Work during ECOARM2ERA set the foundation for CENS to eventually offer multidisciplinary research outputs and services. These will assist international research organisations and authorities in environmental decision making.

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Keywords

Environmental research, ecological, noosphere, environmental protection, spatial decision support
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