Environment
Project
March 12, 2021

OPTIMUS PRIME – Optimal Greening of Irrigated Farmland to Achieve a Prime Environment

The project aims to quantify the ecosystem services provided by irrigated croplands to ecological focus areas (EFA) such as field margins, hedges, trees, fallow land, landscape features, biotopes, buffer strips, and afforested areas, and the habitat configurations serving the maximum capacity of services. The project will also simulate water and habitat delivery of biodiversity services for different climate change scenarios and agriculture storylines in the future. Economic costs and agro-policy environmental trade-offs will be analyzed, and an EFA calculator produced at the farm level.

The project develops over two case-studies, collects information in situ and remotely, and the results will receive the input and testing from the farmers during the project lifespan.

Led by: Instituto Superior de Agronomia

Partners: Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Agrotejo - União agrícola do norte do Vale do Tejo, Associação de regantes e beneficiários do vale do Sorraia

Funded by: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia

Researchers: Renato Rosa, João Pato

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Nova SBE Environmental Economics Knowledge Center

Nova SBE Environmental Economics Knowledge Center develops applied research and provides policy advice in environmental and natural resources economics.

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13. Climate action
15. Life on land
Environment
Project
SDG
7

Evaluation of the social and environmental impacts of the production of biodiesel from recycling waste cooking oils

Nova SBE Environmental Economics Knowledge Center research project aims to evaluate the production of biodiesel from recycling waste cooking oils and assess its environmental and social impacts.

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Environment
Opinion Article
SDG
12
13

Pioneering recycling: deposit return on campus and across Portugal

Demand for single-use cans and bottles is growing each year, but many of these containers end up in our oceans, streets, and landfills. Deposit return systems seek to combat this waste by offering a financial incentive for consumers to return their empty beverage containers for recycling. As Portugal gets ready to launch national deposit return legislation, Nova SBE is pioneering its own container deposit program.

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Environment
Project
SDG
13
15

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.

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