The Doñana Monitoring Program of ICTS-RBD was initiated in the 1980s. Initially focused on birds and endangered species, it was extended in 2004 to other biodiversity components and ecological processes.
Each of these areas comprises a number of monitoring protocols focused on specific taxa, indicators and/or ecological processes. Results are reported annually to the National Park Office and regional authorities, made accessible through ICTS-RBD’s data repository and IT services, and documented at the DEIMS repository. Based on these observations, essential indicators of Doñana’s conservation status and long-term ecosystem dynamics are also provided through Doñana’s Global Change Observatory.
Doñana’s Monitoring Program is a key contribution of ICTS-RBD to international networks and programs focusing on the long-term monitoring of biodiversity, socio-ecosystem dynamics and ecosystem services – such as LTER-Europe and LifeWatch.