Upon request of the European project officer, a joint project meeting took place at the Tour du Valat, Camargue, France, between the EU projects SWOS and ECOPOTENTIAL. These two projects both use the newest earth observation data, but apply different approaches, to monitor areas of particular interest for biodiversity and ecosystem services. SWOS focuses on wetlands and ECOPOTENTIAL focuses on protected areas. This shared interest lead to a series of active discussions and several possibilities for future collaboration have been identified. In the coming months, partners from both projects will work on transforming these possibilities in concrete collaborations and hopefully the first joint manuscript will be submitted end of this year.