User Support

The SWOS service cases will serve as demonstrators for improved wetlands management, territorial planning and decision making.

  • Provide methodologies and demonstrations that can help conventions and agreements to refine their monitoring system
  • Support national reporting obligations and implementation of international and European agreements and directives
  • Provide information such as indicators to inform wetland management decisions, assess wetland related ecosystem functions and services, and monitor degradation and fragmentation of individual wetlands

User Community

SWOS Users can be identified mainly at different scales depending on their geographic level of work:

  • Local users: Sub-national user organizations (site managers, catchment or sub-catchment agencies, universities…etc.)

[e.g., Conservatoire d’espaces naturels, Mount Parnon Moustos Wetland – Protected area, Laguna de Fuente de Piedra]

  • National users: Organizations working at country levels

[e.g., ONEMA, EKBY, The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency]

  • European/Regional users: Users/frameworks working on a supra-national levels (European/regional)

[e.g., MedWet, ESA, European Topic Centre, EEA, Mediterranean Wetlands Observatory, EMWIS, WISE]

  • Global users: User organizations working on a Global level and from Global directives and frameworks

[e.g., Ramsar, Wetlands International, Group on Earth Observations, The World Bank, IUCN, Convention on Biological Diversity]


 Multi level user approach

  1. Locally acting ecosystem and wetland management bodies (national park and protected area managers, scientists, local administrations)
  2. National authorities reporting on the status and trends of ecosystems (national administrations, Natura2000, WFD, EU member states)
  3. International level of ecosystem monitoring (GEO/GEOSS, Ramsar, EU Natura2000, CBD)