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Improving Future Ecosystem Benefits through Earth Observations

Healthy ecosystems provide essential goods and services to human societies and are of crucial importance for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Recent advances in Earth Observation data (Remote Sensing and in situ measurements) offer new opportunities to monitor the state of and changes in ecosystem functions, processes and services, and the pressures they face.

ECOPOTENTIAL focuses its activities and pilot actions on a targeted set of internationally recognized Protected Areas in Europe and beyond, including mountain, arid and semi- arid, and coastal and marine ecosystems. The project aims to deliver products of Earth Observation data to understand and monitor changes to ecosystems and support the effective management of these Protected Areas.

GRID-Arendal plays an important role in communicating the project and its results, as well as encouraging dialogue and interaction, between the project and European policy makers, protected area managers and the general public. In 2017, we will be working on a variety of different products, including developing a photography exhibition, rolling out a few storymaps explaining innovative approaches that ECOPOTENTIAL is using in earth observation, and encouraging further interaction between PA managers and scientists through interactive workshops.

Status: In progress

Type: Mountains

Programme: Polar and Climate

Tags: mountains coastal ecosystems Europe forests polar technology&innovation terrestrial biodiversity Africa Asia Caribbean climate change


GRID-Arendal's activities are nearly always a cooperative undertaking made possible through collaboration with partners and donors.

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