Experts from ReSAC and IBER – BAS presented the results of the project "Assessment and mapping of GRASSLAND ecosystems condition and their services in Bulgaria" to sector leaders from Directorate D – Sustainable Resources, Unit D5 Food Security, JRC, Ispra, Italy
On 30.04.2017 the project "Assessment and mapping of GRASSLAND ecosystems condition and their services in Bulgaria" under program BG03 Biodiversity and ecosystem services co-financed with the funds of the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014 was completed.
The project aims to ensure an opportunity to explore various issues related to the availability of grassland ecosystems, combined with the long-term preservation of their potential. The project will contribute original information about the grasslands outside the Natura 2000 network, about their distribution, biophysical parameters and capacity for commercial use. Hence we will directly contribute to the sustainable management of grasslands in Bulgaria. The collected and processed information will be fed into the National Information System on Biodiversity to establish a reliable source for monitoring changes and implement adequate conservation measures. Project partners: Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBER – BAS) – Lead partner, Remote Sensing Application Center – ReSAC, Bulgarian Society for Protection of Birds – BSPB, Biosphere Consult Ltd.
The project results and, in particular, the results of its additional activity "Using the assessment of grassland ecosystems and their services for Ecologically Focused Areas (EFA)", are of paramount importance for the development and improvement of the EC's Common Agricultural Policy in the part of "Green Payments".
The workshop was scheduled in the definition of the project. The communication from the JRC was taken over and the meeting led by Vincenzo Angileri, Scientific Project Officer, European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Directorate D – Sustainable Resources, Unit D5 Food Security. In addition, there were six CAP experts from the same Directorate.
Two representatives from the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IBER – BAS) - Prof. Iva Apostolova and Dr. Desislava Sopotlieva and two from the Remote Sensing Application Center – ReSAC - Vasil Vassilev and Dipl. eng. Radko Radkov participated on the Bulgarian side.
The meeting took place in a dialogue - the results of the project were presented through computer presentations that were interrupted to answer specific questions or discuss specific details.
The developed web GIS portal was presented. The portal provides full information on project outcomes through geographic and tabular components. Through the published thematic maps, each one can get an idea of each grass ecosystem for each status indicator or ecosystem service indicator.
The experts from the JRC have greatly appreciated the huge amount of work done and have shown great interest, which has been explained by the great potential of using the data of grassland ecosystems and their services in creating better and more accurate assessments in Member States' activities in the " Green Direct Payments ".
Ideas have been identified for the implementation of the results presented in the upgrade of the CBC project SPATIAL / Bulgaria-Romania / and also for the needs of IACS and LPIS.
More information for the project: www.grasslands-ecoservices-bg.eu
Participation of Remote Sensing Application Center - ReSAC in International Scientific Conference: Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services – Science in action
On 06-07 February 2016 the International Scientific Conference: Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services – Science in action was held in Metropolitan Hotel, Sofia, Bulgaria. Projects funded through the program BG03 "Biodiversity and ecosystems" of the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014 were discussed during the conference.
The conference was attended by different participants from the Ministry of environment and water, Norwegian institute for Nature Research, Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Executive Forest Agency within the Ministry of Agriculture and Foods, Remote Sensing Application Center - ReSAC, Bulgarian National Network, Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), National LTER Network (LTER-Bg), National Institute of Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, European Commission, DG Environment, The James Hutton Institute etc.
The conference aimed to bring together researchers from different countries to discuss the scientific aspects of mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services. It was focused on the methods for mapping of ecosystem services, the challenges and problems of their implementation in the national assessments related to MAES - Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services. The program included plenary sessions with keynotes and workshops on the main conference topics:
Experts from the Center ReSAC participated in the preparation and presentation of two presentations and two poster in the projects FEMA and GRASS, in a team of scientists from the IBER - Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research - BAS.
Agenda of the Conference can be downloaded here.
The website Conference: www.metecosmap-sofia.org
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