Activities and Outputs (2013-2016)

  • O-LiFE has encouraged and supported more than 40 scientific publications including: scientific posters, scientific articles in international peer reviewed journals, presentations in regional conferences (France, Italy, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Lebanon), seminars.

 

  • O-LiFE has supported projects by providing small research equipment in addition to the establishment of an ecological laboratory in the Remote Sensing Center/CNRS-L (in partnership with the world bank).

 

  • O-LiFE has been recognized as “Laboratoire International Associé” (LIA).

 

  • A total of four research proposals have been developed through the O-LIFE Observatory in the past two years, responding to different regional calls:
    • two were submitted to the ENVI-MED call for proposals in 2015 (Of which 1 accpeted)
    • ‘Common Key Environmental

      Variables for the Mediterranean’s Critical Zone (KEV-M)’, in partnership with l’Observatoire de Recherche Méditerranéen de l’Environnement (OSU OREME) and the Tunisian Observatory for Environment and Sustainable Development (OTEDD).

    • ‘Updating Lebanese checklist of selected plant families and genera (UPLEB)’, in partnership with various Lebanese universities and the International Foundation proHerbarium Mediterraneum, Italy.
    • two were submitted to the ERANETMED call for proposals in 2016:
    • ‘Metrology for Drought and Land Degradation: towards an Integrated Observation System (METLAND-IOS)’ was developed and acceptance is currently pending.
    • 'Towards a more systematic monitoring of the Loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) as part of the Environmental Database for the O-LiFE Observatory', in partnership with Institute for Coastal Marine Environment (IAMC-CNR) – Italy and the Tyre Coast Nature Reserve (TCNR).

 

  • O-LiFE has created an operational Facebook to widen the platform’s social network, its visibility as well as to increase output dissemination efforts.  The Facebook page is updated daily with the latest Lebanese, Mediterranean and international environmental news.

 

  • O-LiFE has initiated work to expand and widen its network by establishing partnerships with additional projects in France as well as new partners across different Mediterranean countries.  The ultimate aim is to transform the current bilateral arrangement into the envisioned Network of Environmental Mediterranean Observatories (NEMO). So far, new partnerships have been established with Tunisian and Moroccan projects.