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GEOLAND Project meeting, Rethymno, Crete

Members of the GEOLAND Project team met in the town of Rethymno, Crete 15-18th September 2021. Due to Covid restrictions the meeting was hybrid with some partners participating online and others able to visit the coordinating institution the research centre IMS Forth.rethymno meeting photo

 

The project focused on administrative and practical actions to deliver the key outputs of GEOLAND and specifically:

1 an educational handbook for monitoring European Landscape

2 a training course via a Web-based GIS platform

3 policy outreach for higher education students related to the European Landscape Convention (ELC) and

4 an online gallery of student work, and

5 a Digital Readiness Tool, DERT, for the assessment of the digital readiness of higher education students and courses.

On the first day of the meeting the project partners focussed on the purpose and content of the GEOLAND handbook and its structure and approach. On the second day the GEOLAND platform purpose and its developments were discussed and the approach agreed and issues addressed. The role of open data from students and the activities related to survey gathering and citizen science  were raised.

After the conclusion of the meeting a cultural visit took place, with a visit to the Monastery at Arkadi and a hike through a gorge identified as an area of outstanding landscape value.

Arkadi Monastery

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GEOLAND Project Starts

The GEOLAND Project has started with a series of online meetings to establish the activities and working methods of the project.

kickoff meeting

The vision of GEOLAND is to establish a learning path for the Higher Education students and their professors so that they are able to apply their geospatial analysis knowledge in decision-making for landscape management, planning and protection of NATURA 2000 sites across Europe.

“Landscape means an area, as perceived by people, whose character is the result of the action and interaction of natural and/or human factors” (Art.1 of European Landscape Convention (ELC)).

The main goals of the GEOLAND project are to specifically develop:
a) an Educational Handbook for monitoring European Landscape,
b) a Web based GIS platform where geospatial data may be uploaded and analysed and students’ opinion about landscape will be obtained through questionnaires and crowdsourcing.

More about the project