While the loss of biodiversity is occurring across all ecosystems, it is particularly pronounced in coastal regions. Not only are these areas some of the most biodiverse on Earth, but they also host large human populations and substantial economic activity. As the human factor increases, these unique ecosystems are subjected to rapid habitat loss, overexploitation of natural resources, pollution, and climate change – all of which contribute to biodiversity loss.
Long used to monitor land and marine environments, Earth Observation is an opportunity to develop best practices to reach a healthy balance between environmental protection and economic development and reduce biodiversity loss in coastal regions.
Copernicus, the European Earth Observation programme, offers numerous products and services for protecting, even restoring, biodiversity and coastal ecosystems. This includes forecasting the impact that climate change – the main driver of biodiversity loss – will have on these essential ecosystems, monitoring the good environmental status and EU policies implementation, developing sustainable living resources management.
To learn more about Earth Observation’s role in protecting biodiversity, the European Commission and EUSPA invite you to register for its Copernicus Biodiversity in Coastal Ecosystems Workshop. The online event, scheduled for 11 – 12 October, consists of four sessions:
- Biodiversity and Coastal Resources – Setting the Scene
- Biodiversity Versus Economic Development
- Biodiversity Conservation in the Context of Climate Change
- A Future Green Copernicus for Coastal Ecosystems
During each session, experts will talk about the role Copernicus’ land, marine, climate change services play in addressing biodiversity loss in coastal areas. The sessions will be a chance to share best practices and case studies, highlight opportunities for coupling digital technologies with science and research, and discuss how industry and businesses can leverage space technologies to help achieve such EU policy goals as the Biodiversity Strategy and Green Deal.
The Copernicus Biodiversity in Coastal Ecosystems Workshop is jointly organised by EUSPA and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Defence Industry and Space (DG DEFIS). More information can be found here.
Participation is free.
Registrations are open
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