GCAD (Global Conservation And Development) is a project of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. It is designed to support the EU in the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development by strengthening its support to developing countries through improved access to reference information required for decision-making for the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services, with an emphasis on protected areas.

GCAD is a project embedding the JRC contribution to the BIOPAMA programme (http://www.biopama.org/) as well as the developments of the Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA, http://dopa.jrc.ec.europa.eu/) and eConservation (http://econservation.jrc.ec.europa.eu/ )




For general enquiries about the GCAD project, please contact


Grégoire DUBOIS


Directorate for Sustainable Resources

European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Via Fermi 2749, TP 124

I-21027 Ispra (VA), ITALY


  GCAD Team

Bastin, Lucy comes from Birmingham, UK, where her interest in spatial ecology began with work on green corridors for the local Wildlife Trust. After studying Zoology at Nottingham University, she gained a Masters’ in GIS and a PhD on metapopulation and source-sink dynamics of plant species in the urban habitat mosaic. Her postdoctoral work on the EU FP5 FLIERS project focussed on fuzzy classification of vegetation communities from remote sensing and the efficient visualization of this uncertain information. After a further 3 years as an industrial software developer with Tadpole-Cartesia (Edinburgh) she became a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Aston University, UK, generating interdisciplinary collaborations with a variety of domains including microbiologists, agricultural specialists, economists and town planners. Lucy is in charge of the development of the new web versions of the main DOPA web clients (Explorer, Validator and Analyst) as well as of the modeling web processing services.

Battistella, Luca is a geographer with a specialization in Geographic Information Systems. He's an Open Source and Open Web Standards enthusiast with over nine years of experience working as GIS Analyst and Web Mapping Application Developer. Luca has been developing geospatial applications within various international projects and joined the JRC in 2013, where he is the developer of eConservation and DOPA Explorer 2, and helps other projects to solve their geospatial problems.

Bertzky, Bastian is a protected area specialist with a background in conservation science and policy. He has been working on protected areas and World Heritage sites globally for over 10 years, including many years at IUCN and UNEP-WCMC. His qualifications include degrees in Geography and Conservation Biology, and he is interested in a wide range of topics from protected area planning, management and monitoring to mainstreaming biodiversity into decision making. Bastian joined the JRC in June 2013 to support the Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA) and the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) project.

Boni, Martino  is a GIS and web developer and he's in charge of the developments of the IMET Global Tool and the GeoNode portal within the BIOPAMA project. His expertise includes web applications design and development and their integration with geospatial data. Before joining JRC, he collected 9 years of experience in engineering and IT companies.

Conti, Michele is working as a Scientific Officer at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. He graduated in Information Science at University of Milan (Italy), Telematics Laboratory. He worked at the European Commission JRC for the Image2000 project, Nuclear Safeguards in the framework of the Additional Protocol (SIT), Environmental information systems ESDAC (European Soil Data Centre) and EFDAC (European Forest Data Centre) and the implementation of the digital platform of New World Atlas on Desertification (WAD). In the Knowledge for Sustainable Development & Food Security Unit he is involved in the Ecosystem Services Partnership initiative and in the RECARE (remediate against soil degradation) project.

Davy, James leads the technical development of the BIOPAMA portal. He uses his expertise in the Drupal Content Management Framework to do so. Previously, James was working for the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Belgium.

Contact: James.Davy (at) ext.ec.europa.eu

Delli, Giacomo is a GIS and Remote Sensing expert, with more than 20 years of experience in technical cooperation with developing countries. He comes from San Gimignano and is MSc in Tropical Agriculture. He has lots of experience in GIS applications for environmental management, agricultural development and water resources management, image processing, land cover mapping and in training on software tools and spatial analysis / image interpretation. During his career, he travelled extensively in Africa and the Middle East and lived as permanent resident in Algeria and Iraq, gaining an important experience in international, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environments. He joined the JRC as GIS Developer at Knowledge for Sustainable Development & Food Security Unit.

Dubois, Grégoire is a Project Leader at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. He has been working around 20 years in the field of geoinformatics applied to environmental monitoring and modeling (radioactivity, air quality, biodiversity). Grégoire manages a team of around 10 people working on information systems that are dealing with biodiversity and ecosystems services, with a focus on support to developing countries in support to the institutional activities of theKnowledge for Sustainable Development & Food Security Unit. His qualifications include a BSc in Zoology, an MSc in Radiobiology and a PhD in Geostatistics.

Estreguil, Christine is a Senior Scientific Officer at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. She holds a doctoral degree in remote sensing applications from Toulouse University in France and specializes in the fields of land use/cover, landscape ecology, environmental modelling, and indicators. She has been at JRC for 20 years, carrying out scientific research and contributing to the management and coordination of various initiatives in support to European policies and international commitments on biodiversity, European forest information (FISE, EFDAC, Forest Europe), nature protection (Natura2000), green infrastructure and rural development (MARS, CAPRI), tropical deforestation and reducing emissions (TREES, REDD+). In January 2017, she joined the Global Conservation and Development project, to work on pressures indicators on protected areas, and promote their application in the context of regional observatories.

Ganisheva, Krasimira  has a Master’s degree in Geodesy with a qualification in Engineer-geodesist from University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Bulgaria and a post-graduate degree in financial, accounting and legal activity of the enterprise from the University of National and World Economy, Bulgaria. Since 2000 she has worked as a civil servant at the Executive Agency on vine and wine under Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture and Food. She joined the JRC Monitoring Agricultural Resources Unit as a Seconded National Expert in November 2007. Then, she worked at the JRC as a contract staff. She is currently contributing to eConservation, in particular to worldwide biodiversity conservation data collection, validation, processing, geo-referencing and maintenance. Her background includes a specific expertise in Geomatics, Agriculture, Cadastre, GIS and database management tools/Support to IS development, Area measurement validation scheme application under CAP, GPS/Aerial and space imagery testing, Statistical analysis, Analysis of Sustainable Energy Action Plans, Environmental monitoring and biodiversity conservation.

Garcia Bendito, Eduardo   is a trainee at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. He is a master student of Environmental Sciences, interested in geographic information science to study landscape ecology and eco-geomorphic processes. He has collaborated with the Cartographic Service at the Autonomous University of Madrid (Spain) and worked as assistant in the PARTICIPIA project for participatory assessment of land cover changes in Northern Botswana. In the GCAD project of the JRC, Eduardo is contributing to the eConservation component of the DOPA.

Graziano, Mariagrazia  is a biologist with a PhD in marine ecology, marine resources management and conservation. Mariagrazia has a background in experimental ecology methods to highlight biodiversity changes in relation to human impacts and protection measures (Marine Protected Areas) and in applying causal framework (such as Driving-Pressure-State-Impact-Response) to describe the interactions between society and the environment. She joined the JRC in October 2013 to support the BIOPAMA project. She is also a contact point within JRC for the Caribbean region in BIOPAMA.

Mandrici, Andrea has fifteen years of experience in analysis and management of spatial data related to Natural Resources. He comes from Rome (IT), and is MSc in Natural Sciences and PhD in Biology and Ecology at University of Perugia, where he has been contract researcher at the Biology Department, involved in studies on wildlife. He worked in Tanzania, with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and OIKOS East Africa, for the Tanzanian National Land Use Plan and for a Food Security Project. He moved to Iraq and Jordan, with the Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources for the Iraq National Water Master Plan. He joined the JRC as GIS Developer for the Climate Risk Management Unit and now is Database Developer at Knowledge for Sustainable Development & Food Security Unit.

Ostermann, Ole is a Senior Scientific Officer at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission since 2002. Ole is an ecologist and holds a PhD in agronomy from his studies in Hamburg, Montpellier and Goettingen. He had previously worked in protected areas, and for four years at the European Topic Centre for Nature Conservation in Paris, for the European Environment Agency. In the JRC he contributes to the coordination of the research activities related to biodiversity and ecosystem services and acts as contact point to stakeholders. He is working in particular in the eConservation module of DOPA.

Peedell, Stephen is a Senior Scientific Officer at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. His qualifications include a Masters degree in Natural Resource Management and, since joining JRC in 1996, he has been involved in many European initiatives combining geospatial technology and environmental decision making. In particular he has worked on the development of the INSPIRE Directive and designing and building geographic information systems supporting Natura2000 and the Water Framework Directive. In 2009 he joined the Knowledge for Sustainable Development & Food Security Unit where he is working on developing spatial databases, catalogues and interoperable web services for geoinformation.

Roggeri, Paolo is a Senior Scientific Officer at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. Paolo is an Agronomist who first workd for the European delegations before joining the headquarters in Brussels to work on conservation issues in the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries (ACP). At the JRC since 2006, Paolo is currently in charge of the PACSBio Project and works on the assessment of the management effectiveness of protected areas.

Schägner, Jan Philipp  is an environmental economist whose work explores human-nature interactions and the contribution of ecosystem services to human well-being at various spatial scales.For BIOPAMA, he investigates natural, human, social and built capital interactions with protected areas. He works with GIS, geostatistics, ecological economic valuation as well as participatory approaches.

Saura, Santiago is a forest landscape ecologist that joined the JRC in February 2016. His main interests are quantitative methods in spatial ecology, landscape connectivity analysis and forest biodiversity conservation. His research outputs include applied recommendations for landscape planning and endangered species conservation, new methods for the analysis of habitat connectivity and landscape configuration, and the implementation of some of these new methods in freely available software tools (Conefor). Before joining the JRC, Santiago was Full Professor at the Department of Natural Systems and Resources of the Technical University of Madrid (Spain). Information on his publications is available at http://scholar.google.es/citations?user=kOLDlZUAAAAJ

Weynants, Mélanie  analyses and synthesises data on protected areas to produce maps, indicators and statistics at local to regional level for BIOPAMA. She has a research background in soil physics, land degradation and spatial data analysis. In 2015, she joined the Joint Research Centre to work on the development of models and tools for the integrated assessment of land degradation in the framework of the EUROCLIMA program and the World Atlas of Desertification.

Contact: Mélanie.Weynants (at) ec.europa.eu

Informatics support

Nothing would work without the informatics support of Monica MerlottiCarlo Landi and Christian Zanardi