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ENSERES

ENhancing Socio-Ecological RESilience in Mediterranean coastal areas

10/2021 - 09/2023               ENI CBC MED  programme

ENSERES focuses on transferring and mainstreaming ecosystem-based management tools to implement integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) processes in multi-level conservation and territorial practices.

ETC-UMA contribution

  • Project coordination and communication
  • Ensuring close cooperation among both projects and communities
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EnBiC2-Lab

Environmental and Biodiversity Climate Change Lab

04/2021 - 06/2023               European Comission - ERDF

EnBiC2-Lab aims to develop an Environmental and Biodiversity Climate Change Lab through the integration of databases and services related to water, soil, air, fauna and flora, based on new technologies like supercomputing and Big Data.

ETC-UMA contribution

  • Development of ecosystem mapping products on forest and wetland ecosystems
  • Development of policy-relevant indicators in the context of climate change
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PANACeA – MBPC

Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection Community

11/2016 - 06/2022               Interreg-Med

The objective of PANACeA is to streamline networking and management efforts in Mediterranean Protected Areas (PAs) as a mechanism to enhance nature conservation and protection in the region.

ETC-UMA contribution

  • Project management, coordination and communication
  • Development of knowledge platform for data and information sharing
  • Capacity building
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ETC-ULS

European Topic Centre on Urban, Land and Soil systems

01/2015 - 12/2021               European Environment Agency

The European Topic Centre on Urban, Land and Soil systems, is supporting the European Environment Agency in supporting monitoring of urban development in Europe, creating seamless European wide spatial reference data and develop and analyse various land related indicators.

ETC-UMA contribution

  • Data management and development of integrated data platform
  • Spatial data analysis for thematic assessments (biodiversity, forest, urban environment, soil)
  • Support to ecosystem assessment and accounting
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Marine and Coastal Protection Assessment Study for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Coastline

08/2020 - 08/2021               GAMEP

A nationwide Coastal and Marine Strategy to prioritize actions to enable the sustainable development and management of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's coastal resources.

ETC-UMA contribution

  • Assessment of the main sources of pollution, and other major environmental stressors in the Red Sea and Arabian Gulf through a hotspot analysis.
  • Identifying and mapping critical hotspots and detailinig the criteria used in selecting each area.
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CopHub.AC

Copernicus Academy Hub for Knowledge, Innovation and Outreach

10/2018 - 09/2020               European Commission - H2020

The vision of the Horizon 2020 project CopHub.AC is to establish a long-term Copernicus hub to consolidate and sustain the Copernicus Academy as a knowledge and innovation platform.

ETC-UMA contribution

  • Copernicus Academy Working Group organisation
  • CO-lead on user outreach and engagement
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OECM Case studies

potential other-effective area-based conservation measures in North Africa

12/2019 - 03/2020               UICN-Med

The ETC-UMA supported IUCN-Med in preparing case studies on “potential other-effective area-based conservation measure”. The work consisted of carrying out an OECM inventory, assessment and selection of six case studies North African countries, and included the preparation and moderation of a dedicated workshop (presentation and discussion of the OECM assessment and case study selection with regional stakeholders).

ETC-UMA contribution

  • Data compilation, validation and analysis, incl. map design
  • Preparation of case studies
  • Workshop preparation, presentation and reporting
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Assessment on the state and progress of Marine Protected Areas in the Mediterranean in 2019

03/2019 - 09/2019               WWF Med Programme

The ETC-UMA supported WWF MedPO to assess progress towards an ecologically representative and efficiently managed network of Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) represented by CBD Aichi Target 11. This evaluation focused on understanding the level of implementation of management efforts in Mediterranean MPAs and included analyses of the existing networks of MPAs in the Mediterranean Sea.

ETC-UMA contribution

  • Data compilation
  • Development and measurement of spatial and numerical indicators on MPA coverage, management effort and ecological coherence
  • Textual and graphic reporting (incl. map design for WWF report)
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Analytical review of Marine Protected Areas in EU Member States

09/2018 - 02/2019              WWF European Policy Office

The contract included an in-depth assessment of the progress on marine protection using ecologically coherent networks of MPAs that are well managed. It provides results on MPA coverage, management implementation and ecological coherence per 23 EU Member States and 4 regional seas, published in a dedicated WWF report.

ETC-UMA contribution

  • Data collection, management and analysis
  • Assessment of MPA coverage, management implementation and ecological coherence
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MSP-LSI

Maritime spatial planning and land-sea interactions

07/2018 - 06/2019               DG REGIO (ESPON)

The project contributes to evidence-based, coherent and transparent decision-making in EU Member States considering land-sea interactions (LSI) in the development of national maritime spatial plans.

ETC-UMA contribution

  • Data collection, management and analysis
  • Development of thematic indicators & mapping of individual datasets and typologies
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Geospatial data for the SDG

Environmental component

02/2018 - 07/2018               UNESCWA

The overall objective of this project is to strengthen the capacity of National Statistical Offices (NSOs) in three recipient countries Jordan, Egypt and Palestine.

ETC-UMA contribution

  • Project management, coordination and communication.
  • Development of knowledge platform for data and information sharing
  • Capacity building
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SOSTPARK

Sustainability in protected areas in Spain

10/2015 - 10/2018               Spanish Ministry of Economy

SOSTPARK combines a quantitative analysis of the degree of protection of selected protected areas in Spain with a qualitative analysis of the integrated sustainability (environmental, social, economic) in several Andalusian protected areas. It looks at protection measures and pressures on protected areas.

ETC-UMA contribution

  • Project coordination
  • Sustainability analysis
  • Assessment of the degree of protection
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SWOS

Satellite-based Wetlands Observation Service

06/2015 - 11/2018               European Commission

The objective of the project SWOS is to develop a monitoring and information service focusing on wetland ecosystems.

ETC-UMA contribution

  • User engagement: Collection of user requirements and assessment of user feedback
  • Satellite data acquisition, pre-processing and mapping of different wetland sites
  • Organisation of training workshops
  • Support of European and global policy initiatives (e.g. Ramsar, MAES working group)
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Med-iamer

Integrated Actions to Mitigate Environmental Risks in the Mediterranean Sea

06/2014 - 05/2015               Interreg Med

Med-IAMER proposes an integrated environmental status assessment to mitigate environmental risks to be addressed at trans-boundary scale in the Mediterranean Sea. The approach draws on the main pressures and the conservation level in the Western Mediterranean and the Adriatic-Ionian ecoregions to identify spatial hotspots of environmental pressures.

ETC-UMA contribution

  • Project management and coordination
  • Data review and gap analysis for drivers and pressures
  • Indicator development and mapping, incl. cumulative pressure assessment
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MS.MONINA

Multi-scale Service for Monitoring NATURA 2000 Habitats of European Community Interest

11/2011 - 11/2013               European Commission – FP7

MS.MONINA follows a pan-European, multi-scale approach that on the one hand reflects the specifics and the variety of habitats in the different biogeographical regions, and on the other hand guides the specifications of the service chains and their implementations as service cases and pilots. It provides tools and methodologies to map and assess habitats to support Natura 2000 monitoring and EU Habitats Directive’s reporting.

ETC-UMA contribution

  • User engagement: Collection of user requirements and assessment of user feedback
  • Organisation of user workshops
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ESaTDOR

European Seas and Territorial Development, Opportunities and Risks

09/2010 - 09/2013               ESPON

ESaTDOR is a comprehensive approach to sea management within the framework of the Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP). It focusses on the uses of Europe’s seas through identifying and mapping sea use patterns, dynamics and inter-linkages, and types of coastal regions, analysis of development opportunities, and analysis of the relationship between terrestrial and maritime planning.

ETC-UMA contribution

  • Synthesis of data and information collected for the development of single thematic maps at different levels of detail (both the entire ESPON region as specific coastal marine areas)
  • Thematic map production
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RHOMEO

RHONE MEDITERRANEAN OBSERVATORY

07/2012 - 31/2012               Tour du Valat

The RhoMeO project, joins the efforts of managers and researchers to develop methodologies for the construction of an observatory to monitor the changing conditions of wetlands in the Mediterranean basin of the Rhône River.

ETC-UMA contribution

  • Developing of remote sensing based indicators on wetlands
  • Data validation
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Envirogrids

BUILDING CAPACITY FOR A BLACK SEA CATCHMENT OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT SYSTEM SUPPORTING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

04/2009 - 03/2013              European Commission – FP7

The scientific aim of the EnviroGRIDS project is to assemble an observation system of the Black Sea catchment that will address several GEO Societal Benefit Areas within a changing climate framework.

ETC-UMA contribution

  • Producing spatially explicit scenarios on future demographic, climatic and land use changes
  • Developing an collaborative working environment to visualize and analyze results produced by hydrological models
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