Monitoring

Environmental Monitoring consists in the systematic and periodical evaluation of one or several biological elements or environmental components, with the aim to know their evolution and be able to revise the proposed environmental management measures, with the aim to anticipate the appearance of anomalous behaviours. It is an essential tool for the effective management and conservation of Protected Species, Ecosystems or Natural Spaces, which also allow the comparison of the fulfilment of the planned objectives.

Our services include the design, coordination and execution of specific environmental monitoring programmes adapted to the characteristics of each physiochemical, specie, community, ecosystem or natural space parameter. The long-term monitoring makes it possible to obtain time series and benchmark levels, such as the case of the evolution of the population and biodemographic parameters of exceptional Animal Species , and the variation of the spatial distribution and occupancy area of the wildlife, the Flora, Vegetation and Habitats, or the time variation of the physical environment parameters (CO2, Water Quality, Glacier Ice Thickness, etc.).

Correct monitoring requires:

  • Official approval of the personnel teams and materials for the greater homogenisation and best comparison of the results derived from very diverse sources.
  • Design and validation of methodologies and work timetable diagrams, as well as the establishment of controls and intercalibration.
  • Preparation and maintenance of databases and even the creation of web viewers and mobile applications for the standardised data collection in the field and the quick display of the results.

The main demand from Public Administrations is the monitoring of the conservation status of the elements which will lead to the declaration of the Natural Spaces included in the Natura 2000 Network and the other networks of protected natural spaces such as taxon/taxa and habitats of Community interest. On the other hand, the main demand from private institutions is the Environmental Follow-up of civil works projects and monitoring activities which make it possible to prevent the deterioration of the natural habitats and alterations in the species and characteristic natural values, and to prevent impact conditions which affect the flora, fauna, soil, atmosphere, landscape, etc.