National Hub Spain

Dr. Marta Pascual Altares

Marta is currently a Senior Environmental Consultant at ECORYS Spain as the National Hub Spain for the Western Mediterranean initiative. She is former participant of the EU MSP Platform and has also been working as a Senior Associate Expert for the EU Commission and ECORYS in works related to MSP for Blue Growth and Blue Economy. She is a former Ikerbasque Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3, Spain).

She has 11 years of professional experience in the application and implementation of various European environmental and maritime directives such as the MSFD; MSPD; Habitats and Birds Directive, WFD. Her experience in research include various lines of marine and coastal research applied to maritime environments such as: MSP; SEA; MSFD; EBA; Ecosystem Services Mapping/Modelling; ARIES (Artificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services Modelling); Socio-economic Assessment of MPAs; Value Chain Analysis; Spatial Prioritization Tools (Spatial Multi Criteria Analysis – SMCA, Marxan, INVEST); Land-Sea Interactions; Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM); Multi-Use Platforms; Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Areas; Blue Carbon; Fiscal Mechanisms applied to Conservation; Biological Valuation (BV) and Ecosystem Services Valuation (ESV).

Valeria Núñez Morpurgo

Valeria is National Hub Spain for the western Mediterranean initiative and Junior Consultant at Ecorys with 3 years of professional experience. She is currently involved in a wide range of projects providing technical assistance, evaluation and communication services to transnational cooperation programmes. In her most recent assignments, she has been entrusted with the assistance for communication and stakeholder engagement of the Interreg MED Axis 4 PANORAMED project and she has evaluated proposals submitted within the frame of the third and four call of the Interreg SUDOE programme. Furthermore, she has been part of the core team in charge of the Mid-term Evaluation of the Atlantic Area Transnational Cooperation programme 2014-2020.

Prior to joining Ecorys, she gained valuable experience in Spanish and European bodies such as the European Committee of the Regions. In the latter, she contributed to the elaboration of technical portfolios about recent proposals for EU legislation, as well as the evaluation of different aspects of the Multiannual Financial Framework.