The kick-off meeting of the ECOSS project was held in Venice from 12th to 14th March, hosted by the project lead partner – CNR ISMAR. The project involves 10 partner organizations from Italy and Croatia, all collaborating towards achieving a complex and challenging goal: the establishment of The Ecological Observing System in the Adriatic Sea – ECOAdS. This observing system will incorporate both biological and oceanographic data into an online platform that provides ecological indices which are easy to interpret and ready to use by conservation professionals. Thus, the kick-off meeting was a great opportunity to exchange experiences, strengthen the partnership and elaborate the action plan for many interrelated project activities. Among these are reviews and gap analyses on the current state of knowledge of Natura 2000 species and habitats and oceanographic monitoring systems in the Adriatic, conceptual development and implementation of ECOAdS, involvement of stakeholders, integration with decision-making in conservation initiatives and so on.
About the Project - ECOSS
PRJ – ECOSS (local)
/ SO 3.2
Ecological observing System in the Adriatic Sea: oceanographic observations for biodiversity
3.2: Contribute to protect and restore biodiversity
National Research Council - CNR
Local, regional and national public authorities
Protected areas / natural heritage management bodies
Education and training organizations as well as universities and research institutes
ECOSS overall objective is the establishment of the ECOlogical observing system in the Adriatic Sea (ECOAdS), shared between Italy and Croatia, able to integrate ecological and oceanographic research and monitoring with Natura 2000 conservation strategies. Building on the facilities, infrastructures and long term ecological data existing in the Programme area and developing specific case studies, ECOSS will enhance the marine observational capacities for improving the conservation status and the expansion of the marine component of Natura 2000 network. The synergies and feedbacks among the main conservation management questions, ecological variables and key oceanographic processes will be assessed, basing on the connectivity among habitats and species in coastal and offshore waters.