Jaqueline McGlade, the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency who gave a recorded talk in the opening of the event, stressed the importance of using all sources of information available, in a "complex, web-like approach", to improve knowledge of the ecosystems and of the efficiency of policies and management measures.
Marco Fritz, representing DG-Regio, encouraged regions to be innovative in how they use financing mechanisms available for them, including as a way to explore new solutions, like satellite applications, for biodiversity management.
Confirmed end-users from regional authorities shared their experience and showed a breath both in relevant, operational applications in use today throughout Europe. Most of them were now able to confidently obtain and use a variety of information for their management practices.
Finally, round table exchanges showed that many countries an interface in their support programmes to facitlitate creatively exchanges between end-users and technologists.
Conclusions and recommendations will be available soon.