Forging sustainability

Biodiversity Lisbon 2020
Coordinator - Maria da Luz Mathias
Programme - Contrato
Execution dates - 2010-12-01 - 2011-11-30 (12 Months)
Funding Entity - Lisboa E-Nova
Total Funding - 3500 €
Proponent Institution - Fundação da Faculdade Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
Participating Institutions
Universidade de Aveiro
Lisboa E-Nova
Faculdade de Ciências de Lisboa

For the first time in history the world urban population exceeds rural population (UN2006). In Europe, 75% of the population presently lives in urban areas, and trends suggest that this value will increase to 80% by 2020 (EEA2010a).Urban growth raises many concerns on the maintenance of human well-being in urban environments. Recently, in the 10th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity, a Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities, and other Local Authorities for Biodiversity has been endorsed ( This Plan calls for capacity building and dissemination of best practices and for an "assessment of the links and opportunities between urbanization and biodiversity". In the context of urbanization, the intricate relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem services and human well-being becomes even more relevant and constitutes a challenge in terms of urban planning and management of urban green areas (James2007, Proença2009, Proença2010).
The restoration of Lisbon's ecological framework and theincrease of 20% of the city biodiversity by 2020 are currently main targets being pursed by the Local Authority. This political setting is favourable to a research project that evaluates the condition and quality of the ecological structure and provides planning guidelines on land-use and management of the ecological structure.

Members on this project
Maria de Luz Mathias
Principal Researcher

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