What we do

EcoSUSTAIN main aim is maintenance of biodiversity and natural ecosystems by means of stronger management and networking of protected areas.

Management and networking of protected areas will be improved by:

  • Improvement of management knowledge base (how to train staff and allocate them, test and monitor implementation of regulations, utilize financing mechanisms etc.);
  • Specification of the monitoring methodology (how to monitor water quality by means of information and communication technology (ICT), define monitoring practices/protocol, which values/elements to monitor, propose site-specific ‘green infrastructure” measures towards improvement of water quality etc.);
  • Networking and harmonization.

Water quality monitoring will be improved by means of state-of-the-art ICT providing live, early warning messages directly from a sensor-equipped buoy or by means of long-term monitoring based on satellite imagery processing. Pilot implementation of live water quality monitoring will be implemented at Mincio River Regional Park (IT), La Albufera Natural Park (ES), National park Una (BiH) and National park Krka (HR). Likewise, pilot implementation of satellite-based water monitoring system will be implemented at Ecodevelopment area Karla-Mavrovouni-Kefalovriso-Velestino (GR). Total: 230 500 ha

The primary end uses of the monitoring systems will be management bodies of the protected areas involved in the pilot activities. However, by means of transferring actions in the project and sustainable results, secondary end users will be other management bodies of protected areas across the Mediterranean.