The Adriatic Ecological Observing System ECOAdS is the main outcome of the Interreg Italy-Croatia project ECOSS (ECOlogical Observing System in the Adriatic Sea: oceanographic observations for biodiversity), which involved 10 partners from Italy and Croatia and lasted 30 months, from January 2019 to June 2021.
ECOAdS integrates, for the first time in the area, the existing ecological and oceanographic research and monitoring with the Natura 2000 protection strategy in the Adriatic Sea, focusing on the area under the jurisdiction of Italy and Croatia, thus contributing to the protection status of Natura 2000 habitats and species, especially for those sites that lack management and monitoring plans, which are the majority.
ECOAdS includes and is based on six main components:
ECOAdS functions as a cooperation bridge between Italy and Croatia, building a cross-boundary ecosystem-based marine knowledge framework, which could be expanded to the whole Adriatic region, using the policy and financing tools available in the area.
ECOAdS could serve as a coordinated and co-located platform serving different European Environmental Research Infrastructures, sustaining the components that are under development in the Adriatic area.
ECOAdS is in line with plans and strategies for the next decade, at the national, macro-regional (e.g. EUSAIR) European (e.g. EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030, the European Green Deal) and global levels (e.g. the Global and European Ocean Observing Systems, the Ocean Decade) and might therefore contribute to their fulfilment.
More information on the ECOSS project and all the deliverable produced are available on the ECOSS web page: