Portugal Millennium Assessment
The assessment will be carried out in Portugal at a national scale, as well as
at regional and local scales. The local sites are Parque Nacional da
Peneda-Gerês, Quinta da França, Herdade da Ribeira Abaixo, Herdade da LPN,
Troia Peninsula, Mondego River Basin and Mira River Basin.
The Portuguese assessment will be coordinated by the Centro de Biologia
Ambiental (CBA) of the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa.
Centro de Biologia Ambiental
Faculdade de Ciências de Lisboa
Edificio C2, Campo Grande
Tel.: +351 217 5000 000 ext. 24404
Fax: +351 217 500 028
The Portugal MA is designed to meet the needs of decision makers for scientific
information, concerning the consequences of ecosystem change for human well
being, and options for responding to those changes. The assessment will study
ecosystem services at the national level, complemented by case studies at the
regional and local level and will have a strong scenario component in order to
feed into the decision-making process.
Ecosystem services being assessed
At the national scale the following services will be assessed:
Provisioning services: water, fiber and food
Supporting services: biodiversity
Regulating services: runoff regulation and soil protection, carbon
Cultural services: recreation, tourism and cultural traditions
At the local scale two ecosystems services (one extractive and one
non-extractive) will be assessed.
Key features of the assessment
The Portuguese assessment will focus on developing nested scales of assessment,
as well as building scenarios that are relevant to Portugal at these different
scales. Besides a qualitative assessment of the condition and trend of each
ecosystem service, an economic or quantitative assessment will also be made
whenever possible. There will be an attempt to assess the impact of changes in
ecosystem services on the society, and how that impact feeds back into the
primary and proximate drivers affecting ecosystem services.
A pilot study will be completed and reviewed by December 2003. The full
assessment will be completed by the end of 2004. The total cost of the
assessment is US$ 32,500.