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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.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/ecosystems
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services

Call for proposal

H2020-SC5-2014-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 970 001,25

Participants (48)

UNIVERSITA DEL SALENTO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 200 000
Address
Piazza Tancredi 7
73100 Lecce
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ACCADEMIA EUROPEA DI BOLZANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 180 498,75
Address
Viale Druso 1
39100 Bolzano
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 319 495
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 425 003,75
Address
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig
Activity type
Other
KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 161 875
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT BAYREUTH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 554 500
Address
Universitatsstrasse 30
95447 Bayreuth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FUER LUFT - UND RAUMFAHRT EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Linder Hoehe
51147 Koeln
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 239 756,25
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 420 000
Address
Woodhouse Lane
LS2 9JT Leeds
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ENVIRONMENT SYSTEMS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 189 852,50
Address
Fiveways Temple Street
LD1 5HG Llandrindod Wells
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITATEA DIN BUCURESTI
Romania
EU contribution
€ 159 995
Address
Soseaua Panduri 90
050663 Bucuresti
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ICETA INSTITUTO DE CIENCIAS, TECNOLOGIAS E AGROAMBIENTE DA UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 239 791,25
Address
Rua D Manuel Ii Apartado 55142
4051 401 Porto
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 239 786,25
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049-001 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 380 000
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Activity type
Research Organisations
IDRYMA TECHNOLOGIAS KAI EREVNAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 260 750
Address
N Plastira Str 100
70013 Irakleio
Activity type
Research Organisations
ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE DE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BEN-GURION UNIVERSITY OF THE NEGEV
Israel
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
.
84105 Beer Sheva
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ISRAEL NATURE AND NATIONAL PARKS PROTECTION AUTHORITY
Israel
EU contribution
€ 90 000
Address
Am Ve Olamo Street 3
95463 Jerusalem
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
PSI HYDROBIOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OHRID
North Macedonia
EU contribution
€ 112 587,50
Address
Naum Ohridski 50
6000 Ohrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 188 906,25
Address
Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria 46
0001 Pretoria
Activity type
Research Organisations
ISTITUTO SUPERIORE PER LA PROTEZIONE E LA RICERCA AMBIENTALE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 240 000
Address
Via Vitaliano Brancati 48
00144 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 168 733,75
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
20133 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION ECOLOGICA Y APLICACIONES FORESTALES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 260 000
Address
Universitat Autonoma De Barcelona Edifici C
08193 Bellaterra
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 215 000
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 268 750
Address
Cuesta Del Hospicio Sn
18071 Granada
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UMWELTBUNDESAMT GESELLSCHAFT MIT BESCHRANKTER HAFTUNG (UBA GMBH)
Austria
EU contribution
€ 459 812,50
Address
Spittelauer Lande 5
1090 Wien
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITAET POTSDAM
Germany
EU contribution
€ 499 925
Address
Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MUSEUM FUR NATURKUNDE - LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR EVOLUTIONS- UND BIODIVERSITATSFORSCHUNG AN DER HUMBOLDT-UNIVERSITAT ZU BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 120 000
Address
Invalidenstrasse 43
10115 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
FONDATION TOUR DU VALAT
France
EU contribution
€ 430 000
Address
La Tour Du Valat Le Sambuc
13200 Arles
Activity type
Research Organisations
STICHTING DELTARES
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 638 831,25
Address
Boussinesqweg 1
2629 HV Delft
Activity type
Research Organisations
ARATOS ANONYMOS ETERIA ANAPTYXIS PARAGOGIS & EMPORIAS PROIONTON PLIROFORIKIS & IPSILIS TECHNOLOGIAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 100 000
Address
Riga Feraiou Str 93 Floor 3
26221 Patras
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STARLAB BARCELONA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 261 250
Address
Avenida Tibidabo 47 Bis
08035 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MARTIN-LUTHER-UNIVERSITAET HALLE-WITTENBERG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 340 000
Address
Universitaetsplatz 10
6108 Halle (Saale)
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 510 660
Address
Winthontlaan 2
3526 KV Utrecht
Activity type
Research Organisations
KLAIPEDOS UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 219 725
Address
Herkaus Manto 84
92294 Klaipeda
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE PAUL SABATIER TOULOUSE III
France
EU contribution
€ 260 000
Address
Route De Narbonne 118
31062 Toulouse Cedex 9
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION -UNESCO
France
EU contribution
€ 389 800
Address
Place De Fontenoy 7
75352 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 280 460
Address
Houghton Street 1
WC2A 2AE London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Norway
EU contribution
€ 310 836,25
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TERRADUE UK LTD

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 76 716,53
Address
Old Jewry 11 8Th Floor South
EC2R 8DU London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME
Kenya
EU contribution
€ 670 000
Address
United Nations Avenue Gigiri
00100 Nairobi
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
Australia
EU contribution
€ 187 132,50
Address
Anzac Parade
2052 Sydney
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGENCIA DE MEDIO AMBIENTE Y AGUA DE ANDALUCIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 60 000
Address
Calle Johann G Gutenberg 1 Isla De La Cartuja
41092 Sevilla
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITE DE BRETAGNE OCCIDENTALE
France
EU contribution
€ 350 000
Address
Rue Des Archives 3
29238 Brest
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TERRADUE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 592 658,47
Address
Via Ravenna 34
00161 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSIDAD DE CORDOBA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 31 250
Address
Avenida De Medina Azahara 5
14005 Cordoba
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments