Carbon sequestration scenarios in Continental Portugal: Which way to go forward?

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Carbon sequestration is a climate regulation Ecosystem Service (ES) from which ecological functions and human wellbeing depend on. Aiming the carbon dioxide (CO2) mitigation, the Portuguese government created plans and strategies to accomplish the 2030 national environmental goals under international directives. Some of these impact Land Use and Land Cover (LULC) management and ES production levels. This project evaluates the impact of LULC
changes on carbon sequestration using scenarios for year 2030.
The methodology for the evaluation combine geographical information systems (GIS) and InVEST tool, once they produce very effictive results in this approach.
The intervention scenarios in the High case scenario show that policies effect over climate regulation produces more 8% of carbon sequestration than current policies, while the Low case scenario produces more 1%. In the Business-as-Usual approach, results indicate that current policies increase carbon sequestration in 5%. However, according to LULC tradeoffs, current policies cause a loss of carbon sequestration in the territory, while the intervention scenarios causes no
We contribute with a methodology to use the Portuguese land cover maps (Carta de Ocupação do Solo) to monitor carbon sequestration in Portugal. Additionally, we provide a case study which reflects how different policy options may impact the climate regulation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event15th European Ecological Federation (EEF) Congress and 18th National SPECO Meeting: Ecology across borders: Embedding Ecology in Sustainable Development Goals - Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 29 Jul 20192 Aug 2019
Conference number: 15th


Conference15th European Ecological Federation (EEF) Congress and 18th National SPECO Meeting
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  • Ecosystem services
  • InVEST
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Land cover


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