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ECOPOTENTIAL: IMPROVING FUTURE ECOSYSTEM BENEFITS THROUGH EARTH OBSERVATIONS

Objective

Terrestrial and marine ecosystems provide essential services to human societies. Anthropogenic pressures, however, cause serious threat to ecosystems, leading to habitat degradation, increased risk of collapse and loss of ecosystem services. Knowledge-based conservation, management and restoration policies are needed to improve ecosystem benefits in face of increasing pressures. ECOPOTENTIAL makes significant progress beyond the state-of-the-art and creates a unified framework for ecosystem studies and management of protected areas (PA). ECOPOTENTIAL focuses on internationally recognized PAs in Europe and beyond in a wide range of biogeographic regions, and it includes UNESCO, Natura2000 and LTER sites and Large Marine Ecosystems. Best use of Earth Observation (EO) and monitoring data is enabled by new EO open-access ecosystem data services (ECOPERNICUS). Modelling approaches including information from EO data are devised, ecosystem services in current and future conditions are assessed and the requirements of future protected areas are defined. Conceptual approaches based on Essential Variables, Macrosystem Ecology and cross-scale interactions allow for a deeper understanding of the Earth's Critical Zone. Open and interoperable access to data and knowledge is assured by a GEO Ecosystem Virtual Laboratory Platform, fully integrated in GEOSS. Support to transparent and knowledge-based conservation and management policies, able to include information from EO data, is developed. Knowledge gained in the PAs is upscaled to pan-European conditions and used for planning and management of future PAs. A permanent stakeholder consultancy group (GEO Ecosystem Community of Practice) will be created. Capacity building is pursued at all levels. SMEs are involved to create expertise leading to new job opportunities, ensuring long-term continuation of services. In summary, ECOPOTENTIAL uses the most advanced technologies to improve future ecosystem benefits for humankind.
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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

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Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

Italy

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EU Contribution

€ 1 970 001,25

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UNIVERSITA DEL SALENTO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 200 000

ACCADEMIA EUROPEA DI BOLZANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 180 498,75

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 319 495

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 425 003,75

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 161 875

UNIVERSITAET BAYREUTH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 554 500

DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 300 000

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 239 756,25

UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 420 000

ENVIRONMENT SYSTEMS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 189 852,50

UNIVERSITATEA DIN BUCURESTI

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 159 995

ICETA INSTITUTO DE CIENCIAS, TECNOLOGIAS E AGROAMBIENTE DA UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 239 791,25

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 239 786,25

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 380 000

IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 260 750

ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 300 000

ISRAEL NATURE AND NATIONAL PARKS PROTECTION AUTHORITY

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 90 000

PSI HYDROBIOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OHRID

North Macedonia

EU Contribution

€ 112 587,50

COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 188 906,25

ISTITUTO SUPERIORE PER LA PROTEZIONE E LA RICERCA AMBIENTALE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 240 000

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 168 733,75

CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION ECOLOGICA Y APLICACIONES FORESTALES

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 260 000

UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 215 000

UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 268 750

UMWELTBUNDESAMT GESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRANKTER HAFTUNG (UBA GMBH)

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 459 812,50

UNIVERSITAET POTSDAM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 499 925

MUSEUM FUR NATURKUNDE - LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR EVOLUTIONS- UND BIODIVERSITATSFORSCHUNG AN DER HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAT ZU BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 120 000

FONDATION TOUR DU VALAT

France

EU Contribution

€ 430 000

STICHTING DELTARES

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 638 831,25

ARATOS ANONYMOS ETERIA ANAPTYXIS PARAGOGIS & EMPORIAS PROIONTON PLIROFORIKIS & IPSILIS TECHNOLOGIAS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 100 000

STARLAB BARCELONA SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 261 250

MARTIN-LUTHER-UNIVERSITAET HALLE-WITTENBERG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 340 000

STICHTING NIOZ, KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ONDERZOEK DER ZEE

Netherlands

STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 510 660

KLAIPEDOS UNIVERSITETAS

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 219 725

UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER TOULOUSE III

France

EU Contribution

€ 260 000

UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION -UNESCO

France

EU Contribution

€ 389 800

LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 280 460

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 310 836,25

TERRADUE UK LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 76 716,53

UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME

Kenya

EU Contribution

€ 670 000

UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES

Australia

EU Contribution

€ 187 132,50

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

AGENCIA DE MEDIO AMBIENTE Y AGUA DE ANDALUCIA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 60 000

UNIVERSITE DE BRETAGNE OCCIDENTALE

France

EU Contribution

€ 350 000

UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE

Switzerland

TERRADUE SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 592 658,47

UNIVERSIDAD DE CORDOBA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 31 250

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 641762

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 June 2015

  • End date

    31 October 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.5.

  • Overall budget:

    € 15 993 931,25

  • EU contribution

    € 14 874 340

Coordinated by:

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

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