COP4N2K project maps grassland dynamics in response to climate change and human activities in Natura 2000 sites -
Contract on monitoring Natura 2000 sites using Copernicus products awarded to s4e-led consortium
A consortium led by space4environment and including as partners Gisat, Bilbomatica, Specto-Natura and the Environment Agency Austria has been awarded a service contract from EC DG Environment on using Copernicus data to monitor Natura 2000 sites. The aim of the contract is to undertake a pilot project for the creation of a public on-line information system, which allows a systematic monitoring of pressures that negatively affect the status of species and habitats – in particular for grasslands – in Natura 2000 sites. The outcome service should support Member States to take appropriate steps to proactively manage the network and prevent the deterioration of natural species and habitats. For this purpose, current and historical satellite images will be processed and combined with existing Copernicus data to map the status and changes of land cover and land use (LC / LU) in each protected site, with a particular focus on grasslands. In addition to the core spatial products, several grassland indicators will be developed and a prospective study will be implemented on developing indicators of grassland intensification and abandonment. A geospatial database will be developed for storing all products and provide access to all information via the interactive public website. The kick-off meeting took place on 23 September 2019 at the DG Env premises in Brussels.