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


Tel : +39 0332 786360
Fax : +39 0332-789960

Email: gregoire.dubois (at) ec.europa.eu


Luca is a Geospatial Developer with a background in Geography and Geographical Information Sciences (GIS). He has been developing web GIS applications and analysis for more than 10 years within various international projects, mainly in Africa and in the Middle East. He joined the European Commission - Joint Research Centre (JRC) in 2013, where he has been working initially for the European Environment Agency and later within the Global Conservation and Development program. He is currently leading the implementation of geospatial services for the Knowledge Management Unit and is in charge of the design and development of the Digital Observatory for Protected Areas Explorer and eConservation. He likes to take pictures, ride his bicycle, listen to good music and pretend that he can play the piano and the guitar.

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) Programme.

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.

Claudia has a background in wildlife ecology and spatial analysis and developed her career at the science-policy-practice interface. She has a strong interest in ecosystem management and sustainable development, through both top-down and bottom-up approaches. Her research experience encompasses wildlife conservation, European Union policies assessment, tackling sustainable development and assessing impacts of climate change adaptation and mitigation on biodiversity and ecosystem services through scenarios co-production in East Africa.

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.

Andrew has worked for over 20 years in the fields of biodiversity information systems, GIS, remote sensing and policy-relevant analyses – firstly for the UK government advisors on nature conservation and then for the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre as Head of GIS. At JRC his specialist areas are global water mapping, species analyses, systematic conservation planning and conservation decision support tools. Andrew holds a Masters Degree in Conservation Biology from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology in Canterbury, UK.

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.

Giacomo is a GIS and Remote Sensing expert, presently working as back-end GIS Developer for DOPA and BIOPAMA projects. With an MSc in Tropical Agriculture, he has more than 20 years of experience in technical cooperation with developing countries, dealing with GIS applications for environmental management, agricultural development and water resources management, image processing, land cover mapping. During his career, he travelled extensively in Africa and the Middle East and lived as permanent resident in Algeria and Iraq.

Grégoire is the Project Leader of the Global Conservation And Development (GCAD) of 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) and he is now leading a team working on information systems in support to biodiversity and ecosystems services, with a focus on support to developing countries. His qualifications include a BSc in Zoology, an MSc in Radiobiology (Brussels) and a PhD in Geostatistics (Lausanne). In his spare time he likes to walk around with ridiculously heavy equipment to take wildlife pictures.

Christine is a Senior Scientific Officer at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. She holds a doctoral degree in remote sensing for forestry applications. She has been working at JRC for over 20 years dealing with many initiatives on environmental monitoring and modelling in support to the EU environmental and international development policies (i.e. tropical deforestation, European forestry, agriculture, landscape ecology, green infrastructure and nature protection). In 2017, she joined the Knowledge Management Unit for Sustainable Development and Food Security to support activities at the science-policy interface for Biodiversity Conservation (DOPA), Green Infrastructure (EU Strategy) and the Africa Platform.

Krasimira has a Master’s degree in Geodesy from University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy in Sofia, Bulgaria. Her background includes a specific expertise in geomatics, agriculture, GIS and database management tools and support. She joined the JRC in 2007 as Seconded National Expert and contributed to the development of control methods for monitoring of agricultural resources under Common Agricultural Policy framework. As Data Analyst for eConservation module of DOPA, Krasimira contributes in particular to the biodiversity conservation projects data collection, analysis, validation and geo-referencing.

George is an engineer and GIS Developer. For the past years he has worked in the private sector, mainly in the Cadastre field of Greece, developing IT business systems with a heavy focus around GIS. He studied at the school of Rural Surveying and Engineering in the National Technical University of Athens. He joined JRC at 2019 as part of the DOPA team (Digital Observatory for Protected Areas). Passionate for all things about computer programming and a FOSS GIS enthusiast.

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.

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.

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.

Marine is a conservation biologist with a PhD in ecology & evolution from the National Museum of Natural History (Paris, France). During the last 8 years, she has been investigating spatial biodiversity patterns and the processes that shape them – including anthropogenic pressures – in order to guide conservation strategies. She has been addressing these issues on a variety of groups (seaweeds, invertebrates, fishes, and mammals), ecosystems (marine, freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems), spatial scales (from the local to the global scale) and biodiversity facets (genetic, taxonomic, trait and phylogenetic diversity). Marine joined the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in December 2019 to further support the Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA) regarding the connectivity of protected areas and investigate the loss of biodiversity due to the consumption of EU citizens. In her spare time, she enjoys water sports such as scuba-diving and underwater hockey.

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.

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.

Terhi is a project assistant in BIOPAMA project and is responsible for project management and coordination alongside project coordinator Stephen Peedell. She has a Master's Degree in environmental science from the University of Helsinki. Terhi has gained experience in project management in various NGO development projects and has also several years of experience in the public administration.

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.