Conservation and management

Fostering science and practices to support environmental protection

CURRENT STATUS

Biodiversity and the essential ecosystem services it provides - fertile soils, healthy foods, drinking water, clean air - are being seriously degraded as a result of unsustainable extraction, production and consumption patterns by an increasing human population.

Humans are meant to share the Planet with millions of species; however, larger and larger shares of resources and space taken by us, a single species, are depriving many others of the essential natural capital needed to survive. To keep our balance, we need to understand the value and role of the nature around us, and learn to develop in a sustainable way that respects the needs of other living beings. For this to happen, sound science on conservation and sustainable use of natural resources to preserve our assets is urgently needed.

To assist in creating the scientific grounds to prove the urgent need for action, ETC-UMA performs environmental, social and economic sustainability assessments on diverse territorial units, at various spatial scales and referring to any ecosystem.

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OUR ACTIONS

The ETC-UMA team has worked extensively on spatial and semi-experimental sustainability assessments of land and sea territories and protected areas from an integrated social and ecological perspective.


Developing theoretical and practical methods to validly discriminate the environmental, social and economic effects of protected areas and other conservation tools and policies.

Exploring the use of novel approaches to biodiversity conservation such as OECMs.

Engaging with scientific, managerial, sectoral and policy stakeholders for enhanced conservation and sustainable development.

Providing scientific advice to enterprises, public administrations and NGOs on biodiversity conservation and restoration, territorial planning and marine spatial planning.

Featured outputs

Mediterranean ecosystem restoration sites

Mediterranean ecosystem restoration sites

Nature-based solutions and transferable best practices towards broader ecosystem restoration actions ...
Supporting cetacean conservation in the Pelagos Sanctuary

Supporting cetacean conservation in the Pelagos Sanctuary

A new report has been presented today, 18 November 2022, online in the frame of the cooperation between the Pelagos Permanent Secretariat and the Mediterranean ...
An assessment of marine biodiversity protection in the Mediterranean Sea: A threatened global biodiversity hotspot

An assessment of marine biodiversity protection in the Mediterranean Sea: A threatened global biodiversity hotspot

The Mediterranean Sea is a World’s biodiversity hotspot. It harbours around 11% of all marine species in less than 1% of the global marine area ...

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David Rodríguez Rodríguez

Territorial sustainability assessment - Protected areas

davidrr@uma.es

David Rodríguez Rodríguez holds a European-mention PhD in Conservation Biology, an MSc in Ecological Restoration, two BScs: in Biology and in Environmental Sciences, and one University Specialist Degree in GIS and Remote Sensing...

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María del Mar Otero

Nature Based Solutions and Marine Conservation and Management

mar_otero@uma.es

Maria del Mar Otero is a coastal and marine expert with long experience in the Mediterranean, Europe and Asia. She holds a PhD in Marine Science, an MSc in Shellfish Resource Management and a BSc in Marine Science...

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Brief update of the MedBioLitter database version 10 updated in January 2023

Brief update of the MedBioLitter database version 10 updated in January 2023

The MedBioLitter knowledge base is an entry-point to the peer reviewed research evidence published on the impacts of marine litter on marine biota in the Mediterranean region. This knowledge base was created in 2017, under the Interreg-Med funded initiative PANACeA ...
Job opening: Marine Research Support Officer

Job opening: Marine Research Support Officer

The European Topic Centre on Spatial Analysis and Synthesis (ETC-UMA) is an international center that develops and applies scientific knowledge and cutting-edge technology to address environmental issues and enhance the status of ecosystems at all spatial scales targeting various stakeholders ...
Save the date! Unlocking solutions for coastal conservation in Europe

Save the date! Unlocking solutions for coastal conservation in Europe

How can coastal wetlands respond to major European Union objectives such as climate neutrality, biodiversity protection, and pollution reduction? What key role do coastal wetlands play in achieving EU commitments for climate mitigation and biodiversity conservation? The European Topic Centre ...
Towards a Strategy for the Sustainable Management of Mediterranean Forests (StrategyMedFor)

Towards a Strategy for the Sustainable Management of Mediterranean Forests (StrategyMedFor)

The StrategyMedFor project, co-financed by the Interreg Euro-MED programme, was launched at the University of Malaga during a two day meeting that took place on March 18 and 19, 2024. The European Topic Centre on Spatial Analysis and Synthesis (ETC-UMA), ...
Collaborative science for forests by ETC-UMA  showcased in Slovenia during the COP23

Collaborative science for forests by ETC-UMA showcased in Slovenia during the COP23

As UNEP MAP partner organization, ETC-UMA recently engaged in the organization of a session with Mediterranean institutions under the topic of climate change, entitled: From COASTAL to FOREST ecosystems: Mediterranean Nature-based Solutions to tackle climate change and ensure the Resilience ...
Tools for conserving the Spanish coast

Tools for conserving the Spanish coast

On the initiative of the Instituto Universitario Hábitat Territorio y Digitalización (iHTD) of the University of Malaga, around 70 representatives of Spanish public administrations, researchers, architecture and environmental science players and civil society signed up to the second debate on ...
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