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Lter spain ilter-application

  1. 1. Spanish Long-term Ecological Research and Monitoring Network A network of natural sites and platforms to monitor and investigate ecological and biodiversity topics at long-term scale. Towards a common goal… Candidature to ILTERN membership Stara Lesna, Slovakia August 2008 Presented by Ricardo Díaz-Delgado, National Network Coordinator
  2. 2. <ul><li>Presentation Contents </li></ul><ul><li>History of LTER-Spain </li></ul><ul><li>Representativity of Spanish ecosystems and biodiversity </li></ul><ul><li>Proposed network of sites and platforms </li></ul><ul><li>National and regional stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) </li></ul><ul><li>National Committee and Managing Structure of LTER-Spain </li></ul><ul><li>LTER-Spain strategic plan, research core areas, objectives and criteria </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinated monitoring in LTER-Spain </li></ul><ul><li>Information management </li></ul>
  3. 3. 1. History of LTER-Spain: REDOTE http://www.redote.org/eng-index.htm 2003 F. Valladares
  4. 4. Pilot network (June 2005) composed by: Level II Network Forest Damage (54 sites) Monitoring sites (6 sites) 1. History of LTER-Spain: REDOTE
  5. 5. 1. History of LTER-Spain: ALTER-Net CCMA EBD
  6. 6. 1. History of LTER-Spain: LTER-Europe Participation on LTER-Europe foundation June 2007 Balatonfüred, Hungary Bylaws, Executive & Scientific Committees, Meetings, Joint research, Common information database management…
  7. 7. 1. History of LTER-Spain: LTSER concept National Park (537 km 2 ) Natural Park (523 km 2 ) Protection area (70 km 2 ) LTSER platform (2736 km 2 )
  8. 8. 1. History of LTER-Spain: Doñana leadership EU CAP transposition effects on LTSER biodiversity Implementation of a conceptual socio-ecological model (Haberl et al. submitted to EE)
  9. 9. 1. History of LTER-Spain: Doñana leadership Successful and productive meeting
  10. 10. The high Mediterranean Basin biodiversity: species and ecosystems 2. Representativity of Spanish Ecosystems
  11. 11. Mediterranean basin, a hotspot of biodiversity & endemism 2. Representativity of Spanish Ecosystems 20% endemic ssp 10-20% endemic ssp
  12. 12. Biodiversity in Spain <ul><li>In Europe is the one with more bird, mammals and reptile species </li></ul><ul><li>The 3d in amphibians and fishes. </li></ul><ul><li>Spain has between 55 000 y 60 000 species of flora and fauna, from which 10 000 of flora (whole Europe has 12 000) and 25 000 of invertebrates.  </li></ul><ul><li>Endemic species in the Iberian Peninsula are estimated around 1700. To these figures Canary Islands supply other 500 endemic ssp. </li></ul><ul><li>Spain has also a large habitat diversity. For instance, from the 226 habitats types recognised as SCI (Site of Community Importance from the Habitats EU Directive), 121 (54%) are found in Spanish territory. </li></ul>2. Representativity of Spanish Ecosystems
  13. 13. 2. Representativity of Spanish Ecosystems
  14. 14. Sites of Community Importance (SCI) and Special Protection Areas for Birds in Spain 2. Representativity of Spanish Ecosystems Implementation of Conservation policies (Natura 2000 network)
  15. 15. 2. Representativity of Spanish Ecosystems Trend in Conservation policies Relative percent of protected land area Terrestrial area Marine area Total area % of Total Area Protected area according to protection figure
  16. 16. 2. Representativity of Spanish Ecosystems Threatened Biodiversity <ul><li>37% of vertebrate ssp are endangered and 7% critically endangered. </li></ul><ul><li>For plants the 15% are recorded as critically endangered. </li></ul>
  17. 17. 2. Representativity of Spanish Ecosystems Biodiversity threats Massive Urbanization Land use intensification Fragmentation Water and Air Pollution Wetlands drainage Large Wildfires Overgrazing Overfishing Water supply shortages Spread of Exotic Ssp…
  18. 18. Sierra Nevada Doñana Collserola Aigüestortes Illas Atlánticas Xurés Baleira Umía Arcos da Condesa Castrove National Park Natural Park LTER site 3. Proposed network of sites and platforms
  19. 19. Sierra Nevada Doñana Aigüestortes Islas Atlánticas Baixa Limia-Xurés Serra de Collserola Río Umía 3. Proposed network of sites and platforms Baleira
  20. 20. Illas Atlánticas Sierra Nevada Aigües tortes Xurés Coll serola Doñana LTSER Illas Atlánticas Ocean Land Use Intensification Altitude Distance to shoreline 3. Proposed network of sites and platforms Umía Baleira Castrove Arcos
  21. 21. LTSER Region Doñana Xurés Umia Castrove Baleira LTER-Spain National Coordinator Ricardo Díaz-Delgado National Network AND LTER-Interest group Regional Administrative Stakeholders: JA, XG, GenCat Key stakeholders (Institutions) National Research Stakeholder CSIC F. Valladares National Interest Groups: AEET & GlobiMed Sites Colserolla Aigüestortes Interested member: National Parks Network (OAPN) Sierra Nevada ROAGA Illas Atlánticas Arcos 4. National & Regional Stakeholders
  22. 22. Decentralized research and environmental policies through autonomies, challenging the network implementation. 4. National & Regional Stakeholders
  23. 23. 5. CSIC: Spanish Research Council <ul><li>Largest public research body in Spain </li></ul><ul><li>Active role in scientific policy at autonomous and national level </li></ul><ul><li>Multidisciplinary research from basic to tech. development </li></ul><ul><li>Spanish leader and the 4th European institution in terms of funding from the 6th Framework Program </li></ul><ul><li>Outreach through formation programs and divulgation units </li></ul>Owned Shared
  24. 24. 5. CSIC: Global change initiative New Axe for Research and Adaptation to Global Change with 35% of CSIC institutes involved. Aligned with the National Scientific Plan from the Spanish Ministry of Science (2008-2011)
  25. 25. 5. CSIC: Committed with LTER-Spain <ul><li>CSIC is committed to: </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific support for network initiatives (Scientific committee) </li></ul><ul><li>Funding programme for long-term ecological research and specially about global change topics </li></ul><ul><li>Direct link between CSIC institutes and some LTER-Spain sites (i.e. Doñana Biological Reserve, Aigüestortes) </li></ul><ul><li>Provide the platform for divulgation of LTER-Spain advances </li></ul><ul><li>Promote international programs for LTER implementation in Iberoamerican countries. </li></ul><ul><li>Foster LTER in the Spanish network sites for scientists from CSIC and other institutions </li></ul>
  26. 26. International Laboratory for Global Change Laboratorio Internacional de Cambio Global Main LINGC goal is to understand, forecast and formulate response strategies to the Global Change Impacts on Marine and Terrestrial Ecosystems from the Southern most South America and the Iberian peninsula 5. CSIC: International Facilities for GC
  27. 27. 5. CSIC: Committed with LTER-Spain <ul><li>CSIC is committed to: </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific support for network initiatives (Scientific committee) </li></ul><ul><li>Funding programme for long-term ecological research and specially about global change topics </li></ul><ul><li>Direct link between CSIC institutes and some LTER-Spain sites (i.e. Doñana Biological Reserve, Aigüestortes) </li></ul><ul><li>Provide the platform for divulgation of LTER-Spain advances </li></ul><ul><li>Promote international programs for LTER implementation in Iberoamerican countries. </li></ul><ul><li>Foster LTER in the Spanish network sites for scientists from CSIC and other institutions </li></ul>
  28. 28. 6. LTER-Spain Managing Structure LTER-Spain is currently composed by: 1. Member-sites/platforms (MS). Administrative and manager representatives of every site/platform member of LTER-Spain. 2. Scientific Groups Members (SG). Research groups of scientists working on long-term ecological issues in agreement with the LTER-Spain research lines and goals and at least in one of the network sites. 3. Scientific Individual Members (SI). Scientists working in one or more LTER-Spain research lines and at least in one of the network sites. 4. Interested Members (IM). Stakeholders with a manifested interest in working on long-term ecological monitoring and management together with the LTER-Spain network.
  29. 29. 6. LTER-Spain Executive Committee
  30. 30. 6. LTER-Spain Scientific Committee Site members and manager representatives
  31. 31. <ul><li>Executive Committee has as goals: </li></ul><ul><li>To fully implement the network functionalities and supervise the implementation process. </li></ul><ul><li>To identify new candidate sites and propose it to Scientific Committee. </li></ul><ul><li>To coordinate the network research and outreach activities. </li></ul><ul><li>To participate actively in ILTER and LTER-Europe activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific Committee should: </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate LTER-Spain research agenda & propose research lines according to ILTER goals and promote LTER outreach . </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinate integrated research among and inside the network sites. </li></ul><ul><li>Assess about the database access , management and storage. </li></ul><ul><li>Review and select new candidate sites. </li></ul>6. LTER-Spain Committees Goals
  32. 32. 7. LTER-Spain research core areas LTER-Spain Executive and Scientific Committee have agreed to promote long-term research at LTER-Spain sites into the next core areas: 1. Role of biodiversity on ecosystem functioning ( resilience ) and structure. 2. Disturbances patterns and frequencies. 3. Effects of Global Change on ecosystem functioning and structure (ecosystem thresholds). 4. Definition of adaptive management criteria and decision-making for conservation and their effects on ecosystems. 5. Long-term socio-ecological modeling.
  33. 33. 7. LTER-Spain short-term objectives <ul><li>Foster among Spanish scientists and managers LTERM, based on ILTER goals, with established common protocols and documented joint publications. </li></ul><ul><li>• Seek for baseline funding support to ensure network coordination and communication. </li></ul><ul><li>• Promote common and integrated research activities through LTER-Spain research core areas according to ILTER and LTER-Europe scientific agendas (biodiversity, climate change, adaptive management). </li></ul><ul><li>• Ensure outreach and divulgation of scientific results derived from long-term ecological research. </li></ul><ul><li>• Fully implement LTER-process into the member sites and promote new candidates for membership accomplishing selection criteria. </li></ul>
  34. 34. 7. LTER-Spain strategic plan The bottom-up strategic plan in the special case of Spanish Autonomous Administration has to deal with: • Granting funds for basic monitoring according to LTER-Spain research core areas and methodological protocols from regional governments. • Developing a specific scientific programme on long-term ecological research based on LTER-Spain sites and platforms that should sustain long-term investigation on relevant ecological issues such as global change and biodiversity loss. • Setting up an official webpage , common database with public access , an administrative office and an effective communication network fostering educational activities , divulgation and outreach .
  35. 35. 7. Criteria for LTER-Spain membership Formal criteria • Basic commitment of stakeholders for at least 5 years (agreement) including, Funding, Staff, Infrastructure (field work, lab work etc.) • Explicit agreement on data exchange and access • Availability of information in English • Maximum response time to questions/requests of 10 days (email). Data criteria • Up-to-date/current documentation in the LTER-Spain database • Storage (shared database and metadata) • Availability for data sharing • Historical Time Series (depend on topics; at least two data sets with a sufficient time interval) • Frequency of measurements (thresholds for discontinuity?)
  36. 36. According to LTER-Europe recommended parameters Abiotic component 8. Coordinated LTER-Spain monitoring
  37. 37. Primary Producers 8. Sites & platforms common monitoring
  38. 38. Consumers 8. Sites & platforms common monitoring Others
  39. 39. 8. Sites & platforms common monitoring + 35 Socio-economic indicators
  40. 40. Data warehouses GIS Metadata collection Business intelligence Data mining software Collaborative software Collecting information Decision making Scientific research Popularization of environmental issues National meta-analysis International meta-analysis 9. LTER-Spain Information Management Web services Local Information Systems Site A Adaptative management cycle National (Spatial) data infrastructure Framework to connect data managed locally and in order to show them in an integrated way via web browsers and web services International (Spatial) data infrastructure Web services
  41. 41. LTER web page 9. LTER-Spain Webpage Main features We have developed a web powered by Mediawiki software (the same used by Wikipedia) A Wiki is a very powerful tool because it allows the collaborative working among the different groups. Each member of the network will be able to create and edit articles in a supervised way It is easy to create and maintain a wiki. And it is free ! (Mediawiki is free software) A wiki is a good tool to store non-structured information (text docs, slides, videos, maps, etc.). This wiki will be our first “proto” repository of information.
  42. 42. LTER-Spain summary <ul><li>A feasible and recommendable LTERM network since: </li></ul><ul><li>High biodiversity ecosystems covered by LTER-Spain sites </li></ul><ul><li>A set of sites covering major socio-ecological gradients in Spain </li></ul><ul><li>A common coordinated ecological monitoring system </li></ul><ul><li>A bottom-up strategy granting minimum LTER </li></ul><ul><li>Strongly involved in LTER-Europe </li></ul><ul><li>A strong scientific community committed through CSIC & other institutions </li></ul><ul><li>An opportunity to contribute to conservation management </li></ul><ul><li>However, </li></ul><ul><li>Hard work’s to be done on LT funding issue </li></ul><ul><li>Look for stronger support from Ministry of Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Need for involvement of scientific community on LTER projects </li></ul>

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