Spatial ecology in a changing world

Applied Projects

State of Nature in Catalonia 2020

State of Nature in Catalonia 2020

New Report: Catalan wildlife is in clear decline: population sizes of vertebrates and invertebrates have fallen an average of 25% over the last 18 years. The loss of biodiversity has not been the same in the various environments or habitats and land use changes are the main direct drivers of this trend.

New article: Calibrating Sentinel-2 imagery with multispectral UAV derived information to quantify damages in Mediterranean rice crops caused by western Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio)

New article: Calibrating Sentinel-2 imagery with multispectral UAV derived information to quantify damages in Mediterranean rice crops caused by western Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio)

Objective quantification of damages caused by conservation interest birds in the rice crops of the Ebro Delta to compensate farmers, based on satellite images and drone. An example of science applied to protected areas management. Since 2018, the Catalan Government quantifies in an objective manner […]

ECOLAND creates the “Biodiversity Information Facility” BIF

ECOLAND creates the “Biodiversity Information Facility” BIF

ECOLAND creates a new facility for biodiversity research: the Biodiversity Information Facility (BIF). BIF is devoted to organize and standardize available biodiversity data (species distribution, monitoring, natural history traits, amongst others), and related ecological factors (environmental information and human pressure descriptors). These structured information should […]

Visiting researcher: David Duncan (Arthur Rylah Institute, Australia).

David Duncan is a Senior Scientist in Ecology at the Arthur Rylah Insitute for Environmental Research (ARI), part of the state government Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) in Melbourne, Australia. Oddly enough, he has opted to spend two months of annual leave and long-service […]

SITXELL project awarded with the United Nations Public Service Award.

The SITxell, developed by the Department of Territory and Sustainability (Barcelona Provincial Council), has been awarded with the first UNPSA 2012 price in the category Advanced knowledge management in governments. CONGRATULATIONS! Together with the Institut Català d’Ornitologia & MINUARTIA, ECOLAND has been, since 2003, helping […]

Spanish Marine protected areas and species distribution models

An ECOLAND lab work contributes to the large scale establishment of marine protected areas in Spain. The draft Ministerial Order to declare the Spanish Marine Special Protection Areas (SPAs), including information about its geographical boundaries, the main species present and the basic principles for its […]

Servidor d’informació sobre els efectes del canvi climàtic (

The Online server on the effects of climate change on birds and their habitats has as a main objective to introduce the reader to the impact that climate change is having on habitats using bird populations and their responses as study models. The project relies […]

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the Segarra-Garrigues channel irrigation project

The Catalan Environmental department has recently published in its official communication body the EIA of the Segarra –Garrigues channel in which measures to allow sustainable use of farmland resources and the conservation of threatened species such as steppe-land birds. The conflict between species conservation and […]

Common Bird Monitoring Workshop

Second meeting of SOCC participants in Solsona Volunteers and researches taking part in the Catalan Common Bird Monitoring (SOCC) met at the CTFC in Solsona on October the 9th. New advances and applications of common bird monitoring where discussed including bird counting exercises and the […]

CAMBIARE: communicating the effects of global change on reptiles and amphibians in Spain

CAMBIARÉ? GLOBAL CHANGE IMPACTS ON IBERIAN AMPHIBIANS AND REPTILES We are finalizing the CAMBIARE? website, about global change effects on Iberian amphibians and reptiles species, funded by the Fundación Biodiversidad and with the colaboration of the AHE (Spanish Herpetological Society). The project is focused on […]

INOAC: Development of sound functional indicators of biodiversity change

The INOAC project “Development of farmland biodiversity indicators from bird monitoring programs” has been completed. The project funded by Obra Social de la Caixa de Catalunya has been run in collaboration with the Catalan Ornithological Institute. The project has been centered in the development of […]

PCISB: Biodiversity conservation in protected areas

Biodiversity conservation and monitoring in protected areas We have initiated an exciting new project: Biodiversity and monitoring of biodiversit of natural protected areas (ENPE) in Catalonia. This project is promoted by the Parcs service of the General direction of the natural environment of the Catalan […]

CARTOBIO: Entering the third year

Applications of species distribution modelling The CARTOBIO project developed by the Eco-land lab for the Catalan Government (DMAH) has entered its third year. The project aims at developing specific mapping applications for a number of species and taxa. These maps are then used by managers […]

Projecte SITXELL

El Sistema d’Informació Territorial de la xarxa d’espais lliures (SITxell) és un eina d’informació geogràfica per a l’anàlisi i valoració del conjunt dels sòls no urbanitzables de la província de Barcelona. El SITxell, elaborat a escala 1:50.000 en l’entorn ArcGIS, conté informació de base sobre […]