SWOS portal attracts attention of stakeholders at European Ecosystem Services Conference

The Satellite-based Wetland Observation Service (SWOS) project was presented at the European Ecosystem Services Conference taking place 19-23 September 2016 in Antwerp. The SWOS partners University of Malaga, University of Jena, Remote Sensing Solutions (RSS) and Jena Optronik participated in the event with the aim of actively promoting the broad activities of the project, such as the Beta version of the SWOS portal and its functionalities, which attracted many stakeholders. The SWOS portal is the entry point to easily locate, access, process and connect wetland information.

At the ecosystem services fair, the SWOS team occupied a stand on Using Earth Observation developments to improve knowledge on ecosystems and their services, jointly with the ECOPOTENTIAL project, the sister Horizon2020 project with links to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). In addition, the project teams displayed two common informative posters.

 

The joint stand and the showcased material strengthened the specific scientific and communication collaboration between the teams of SWOS and ECOPOTENTIAL, which aim to collaborate in order to ensure synergies. The common setting was also important to decide on the details of the upcoming SWOS – ECOPOTENTIAL technical meeting. This meeting will further strengthen and channel results from both projects which will help to influence relevant policies on wetland management.

The University of Malaga presented the latest developments within the SWOS project to the Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystem and Ecosystem Services (MAES) community at the S3 session on Setting Priorities for ecosystem restoration in the EU based on MAES. The presentation given by Dania Abdul Malak from the University of Malaga focused on the latest developments of project activities related to the nomenclature development and crosswalks, the guidelines developed related to the state and threat on wetland ecosystems, and more importantly, on the wetland ecosystem and ecosystem services indicators being developed by SWOS.

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At the session on ‘Solving bottlenecks in ecosystem service mapping’, Jonas Franke from RSS presented the possibilities of Earth Observation products and indicators developed by SWOS as evidence based tools to support policy making.

Last week was key in communicating SWOS results and tools to the European community involved in Ecosystem Services represented by over 600 stakeholders attending the Ecosystem Services Conference.

Last week was key in communicating SWOS results and tools to the European community involved in Ecosystem Services represented by over 600 stakeholders attending the Ecosystem Services Conference.