Forging sustainability

SMARTPARKS: Planning and Management System for Small Islands Protected Areas
Coordinator - Helena Gregório Calado
CESAM Responsible researcher - Maria de Fátima Lopes Alves
Programme - PTDC/AAC-AMB/098786/2008
Execution dates - 2010-03-01 - 2013-02-28 (36 Months)
Funding Entity - FCT
Funding for CESAM - 9060 €
Total Funding - 196440 €
Proponent Institution - Universidade dos Açores
Participating Institutions
Universidade de Aveiro
Instituto de Ciências Agrárias e Mediterrãnicas (ICAM/Universidade de Évora);
Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade de Recursos Genáticos (CBIO/ICETA-Porto/UP);
Centro de Estudos de Geografia e Planeamento Regional (e-GEO/ FCSH/UNL)

The planning and management systems of the Protected Areas have consequently to be adjusted to their specific context (small islands in this case), so that they can ensure maximum effectiveness in space organization and fulfillment of inherent objectives.
For all these reasons it is fundamental to associate and integrate the planning and management of the Protected Areas Network into the planning and management of the island itself following a predominantly ecosystemic approach (SCBD, 2004) that considers the
Protected Area - or Island Park - as an integrating part indissociable from the Island's Ecological Structure and its Biophysical System (Vieira, 2007), reflecting the direct and indirect effects of the planning policies and territorial management measures enforced in the entire island.

The presentation of a proposal regarding Planning and Management Systems in Protected Areas of Small Islands (Island Parks) will be based on the study, analysis, conception, development and methodological validation of each of the following strategic domains:
1) Island Park´s Characterization, Assesment and Diagnostic
2) Island Park´s Ecosystems Services Assesment
3) Island Park´s Land Planning
4) Island Park´s Management and Monitoring
5) Environmental Stategic Assesment of Island Park´s Planning and Management System

Members on this project
Maria de Fátima Lopes Alves
Researcher/ Local coordinator

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