Catarina Fonseca

Catarina Fonseca
University of the Azores | UAc · Grupo da Biodiversidade dos Açores - CE3c

PhD in Geography and Territorial Planning

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A Rede Nacional de Áreas Protegidas ocupa cerca de 8,5% do território continental. O planeamento e gestão destas áreas revela-se essencial para a sustentabilidade do território. No entanto, os sistemas a gerir são complexos e dinâmicos, sujeitos à influência de múltiplos fatores, endógenos e exógenos, que induzem mudanças imprevisíveis e não acaute...
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Protected areas (PAs) have been selected using either subjective or objective criteria applied to an extremely limited subset of biodiversity. Improved availability of species distribution data, better statistical tools to predict species distributions and algorithms to optimize spatial conservation planning allow many impediments to be overcome, p...
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Livestock production has been highly relevant in the Azores, boosted by European agricultural policies, increasing the demand for pasture and competing for space with other land uses. Therefore, it is important to understand the spatial evolution of pasture and related LULC trade-offs. This study describes a GIS-based LULC change detection approach...
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The implementation of maritime/marine spatial planning (MSP) strategies and management actions is often sought out by means of holistic, sustainability seeking processes, recognizing the connectivity and interdependences of all ecosystem elements, including humans. In this context, overall sustainability is reached when social, environmental and ec...
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Scenarios constitute narratives or storylines that reasonably describe how the future is likely to unfold. The usefulness of scenarios in Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) is now recognised within policy and research, with many institutions urging the development of likely trajectories in the future state of the marine environment and space. However,...
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Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES) in Europe's Outermost Regions (ORs) and Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) is still underdeveloped compared to the European mainland. Most of those territories are small islands for which Marine and Coastal Ecosystems (MCE) constitute a significant resource and provide important...
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Pereira da Silva, C.; Fonseca, C., and Nogueira Mendes, R., 2020. 25 years of beach carrying capacity in Portugal: A place for everything and everything in its place? In: Malvárez, G. and Navas, F. (eds.), Global Coastal Issues of 2020. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 95, pp. 920–924. Coconut Creek (Florida), ISSN 0749-0208. In Portu...
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Nogueira Mendes, R.; Pereira da Silva, C.; Fonseca, C., and Gil, A., 2020. Managing and Monitoring the Recreational Use of Coastal Protected Areas: the Case of Berlengas Nature Reserve (Portugal). In: Malvárez, G. and Navas, F. (eds.), Global Coastal Issues of 2020. Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue No. 95, pp. 123–127. Coconut Creek (Flor...
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A conservação da natureza é o principal propósito das áreas protegidas, porém existe também a expetativa de que contribuam para o desenvolvimento regional. Por outro lado, a nível local é frequente a perceção de que as áreas protegidas concorrem para o despovoamento e o abandono do território. Contudo, nos territórios rurais, onde frequentemente se...
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The practice of Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) has developed substantially during the last decade, calling for more qualified professionals. Education, training, and growth capacity for MSP, however, are (still) some of the less addressed themes in MSP forums and specific learning materials, such as textbooks and practice manuals. Some teaching in...
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A methodological approach for the conservation status assessment of Azorean natural habitats in Pico Island (Portugal) is presented, using the InVEST Habitat Quality model. This spatial analysis-based study was focused on a selected group of 33 endemic plant species occurring in Pico Island and protected under the Habitats Directive's Listed Habita...
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As áreas protegidas desempenham um papel importante na conservação dos ecossistemas, oferecendo também oportunidades para o turismo e atividades recreativas. No entanto, o crescente aumento do número de visitantes pode trazer consequências ao nível da sua conservação. O projeto LIFE Berlengas abrange um conjunto de ações direcionadas para o estudo...
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The concept of ecological structure (ESt), as implemented through spatial planning, has been recently used to protect ecosystem functions (EFs) and services and their contribution to human well-being. This study intends to provide an exploratory analysis to operationalize the inclusion of EFs in the design of ESt in territories lacking detailed ind...
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This contribution summarizes the main concerns presented by experts at a conference held in Lisbon in January 2015 to discuss the developing Portuguese legal framework for MSP and lists the suggestions that were correspondingly offered on how to improve the proposed framework.
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As áreas protegidas são atualmente um espaço privilegiado para atividades recreativas. A gestão destas áreas deve considerar esta capacidade de atracão que, embora desejável, pode originar impactes ambientais e comprometer os objetivos de conservação. Com base neste pressuposto, o projeto LIFE Berlengas desenvolve um conjunto de ações de estudo e m...
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Protected areas are at the centre of nature-based tourism, which is increasingly popular across the world. As visitor numbers increase, so does awareness of the harmful effects that large crowds may have on both natural resources and individuals’ recreational experience. This volume considers the challenge of transportation to and within natural an...
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This Good Practice Guide is the outcome of a project co-funded by the European Commission (DG Mare) called Transboundary Planning in the European Atlantic (TPEA), which ran from December 2012 to May 2014. The aim of the project was to demonstrate approaches to transboundary maritime spatial planning (MSP) in the European Atlantic region. This is on...
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Small Islands face particular challenges in their sustainable development, and therefore require specific tailored approaches for planning and management. Unsurprisingly, protected areas have a special role in the conservation of biodiversity and natural resources crucial to the sustainability of such territories. How should the management and plan...
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Islands may have a diversity of classifications, however, on this paper we address the constraints that include these territories in the category of small islands: size and population. To this particular balance and relation between population and availability of the territorial resource it sums the particular economic structures and the peculiar s...
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As pequenas ilhas são sistemas muito vulneráveis devido às suas especificidades socioeconómicas e naturais. Mas essas características contribuíram para a formação de um património natural com elevado nível de endemismos e para o desenvolvimento de paisagens culturais únicas. Neste contexto, a criação de áreas protegidas é uma das medidas mais aprop...
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The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Share of Genetic Resources resulting from their use was adopted by the Contracting Parties of the Convention on Biologic Diversity (CBD) during the Tenth Conference of the Parties, in Nagoya, Japan, from 18 to 29 October 2010. The objective of this Protocol is the fair and equal share of benefits resulting...
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The book is based on the proceedings of the International Conference ’30 years after the signature of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea: the protection of the environment and the future of the Law of the Sea’, held at the Faculty of Law of the University of Porto, from 15th to 17th November 2012. The participation of prominent exp...
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The Azores Archipelago (Portugal) is composed of 9 small islands located in the North Atlantic. To overcome the common challenges of this type of territories (e.g. isolation, closed systems, limited physical space and natural resources, endemism, small economies, small populations) and taking advantage of the natural and cultural heritage, the Regi...
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The aim of this study is to assess the potential effectiveness of GMES Space Component Sentinel Missions for land-based environmental policy support in the Azores Autonomous Region (Portugal). Sixteen different types of legal and spatial instruments are currently being applied in this region. Most of them require detailed and accurate Land-use/Land...
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This paper makes recommendations for the development of Management Plans for Natura 2000 Sites, enabling future managers and decision-makers to elaborate and implement their own plans more efficiently and in a more informed fashion. The original methodology entailed a 10 phase plan, starting with “Problem Classification and Stakeholder Identificati...
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Due to their geographical framing as well as their morphological and ecological characteristics, small islands are more vulnerable to certain threats and phenomena, making their planning and management a true challenge, especially in what concerns environment conservation and sustainability. SMARTPARKS Project aims to develop of a conceptual planni...
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No dia 1 de Novembro de 2009, dia posterior ao término do I Congresso dos Biólogos dos Açores, que decorreu na Vila das Lajes do Pico entre 26 e 31 de Outubro, o Dr. Rui Martins, Vice-Presidente do Conselho Regional dos Açores da Ordem dos Biólogos, que integra também a actual direção regional, manifestou o seu desejo de trazer para os Açores a org...

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The overall objective of MaCoBioS is to ensure effective and integrated management and conservation strategies for European marine coastal ecosystems to face climate change. To address this overall objective and the expected impacts of the call, a set of specific objectives (SOs) has been determined: SO1: Develop new empirical models on the interaction between climate change, biodiversity, functions and services in marine coastal ecosystems along a geographical gradient from the tropics to the sub-polar regions, including the Mediterranean Sea. New ecological knowledge on the ecosystem’s condition will be incorporated in the functional modelling of marine coastal ecosystems. SO2: Establish a framework to assess the vulnerability of marine socio-ecological systems under climate change scenarios. Multiple ‘what-if’ scenarios will be tested to identify the response of marine coastal ecosystems to climate effects. The project will characterise novel indices encompassing biodiversity, ecosystems ecological condition and services provisioning along both environmental and socio-economic dimensions for a holistic assessment of socio-ecological systems vulnerability. SO3: Evaluate the effectiveness of nature-based solutions and protection measures at enhancing the resilience capacity of marine coastal ecosystems. The project will assess the effectiveness of nature-based solutions and protection measures to preserve and/or increase biodiversity together with human well-being. These nature-based solutions will be tested against their capacity to ensure the integrity of marine coastal ecosystems facing multiple stressors and the delivery of ecosystem services to mitigate climate change threats. SO4: Provide evidence-based guidance for marine policy formulation and innovative research pathways. Project results on the inter-relations between climate change, biodiversity and ecosystem services will support policymakers to develop appropriate and cost-effective nature-based solution strategies and thus meet the targets of EU strategies on Biodiversity and Climate Change as well as other international commitments. They will furthermore lead to the elaboration of innovative research orientations for improving the implementation of nature-based solutions.