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Nova SBE Environmental Economics Knowledge Center develops applied research and provides policy advice in environmental and natural resources economics.
November 16, 2022
13. Climate action

13. Climate action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
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15. Life on land

Promote, restore and promote the sustainable use of Earth's ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
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ASEBIO - Assessment of the Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity and Well-being in Portugal

ASEBIO aims to quantify the impacts on Ecosystem services (ES) and trade-offs considering different policy scenarios affecting land cover change (LCC) for 2040. The project will provide a better understanding on the impact of LCC on ES, biodiversity and human well-being.

Ecosystem services (ES) are the benefits provided by nature, and these have a direct impact on human wellbeing. However, ES valuation studies in Portugal are rare and often done at a local level.

ASEBIO assesses and maps ES and their vulnerability in Portugal mainland, based on CORINE land cover (1990-2012). The project will quantify the impacts on ES and trade-offs considering different policy scenarios affecting land cover change (LCC) for 2040. Selected ES, such as water cleaning, food from agriculture, and others, will be monetarily valued by estimating the costs associated with the deterioration of ES. The project will propose a well-being indicator and assess the impact of LCC according to the different scenarios. A WebGIS will enable a spatially explicit prioritization and problem identification of ES and explore the different scenarios. The project proposes an innovative methodology for monitoring and valuing ES, and to better understand the impacts of LCC on ES, biodiversity, and human well-being.

Led by: Nova Information Management School

Funded by: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Researchers: Maria Antonieta Cunha e Sá, Luis Catela Nunes, Carina Silva, Vladimir Otrachshenko, João Seixo, Jeffrey Peart

To find out more about the project, click here.

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