WHAT WE DO
The availability of new technologies driven by technological innovation, by the growth of programming languages and by the development of ever-improving software are important instruments BEST uses to reach its objectives and to offer constantly updated information to users. Monitoring, control and protection are key words.
The system is based on a network of sensors which will monitor several environmental parameters simultaneously and constantly, linked to a digital platform for analysis, comparison and archiving. This aims to create a database which allowing for the evaluation of changes in biodiversity and prompt intervention at critical points over time.
The Region of Western Greece will take care of online mapping using the WEB GIS system in order to enable comparison of biodiversity in real time throughout the cross-border regions involved in the Project. The Region of the Ionian Islands, with the collaboration of the Ionian University, will develop the computer system and produce technological instruments with low environmental footprint (sensors) for monitoring biodiversity in rural and coastal areas. The task of the Region of Epirus is the development of a cutting-edge mass spectrometry platform and toolkits for identification and archiving of digital footprints of living organisms, together with the creation of digital codes for cross-border botanical species.
The Project will focus on two pilot areas in Puglia: the first pilot project comprises an area extending between Polignano a Mare, Monopoli, Fasano and Ostuni on the Adriatic coast, and the Regional Natural Park of Mar Piccolo in Taranto on the Ionian coast; the second pilot activity will consider the impacts of invasive species and in particular the effects of Xylella, and will focus mainly on the Salento area.