In 2019 the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL) created the Ideas for Sustainability Contest with the aim of identifying and promoting initiatives that can contribute to sustainability, in the environmental, social and economic aspects within FCUL campus and/or in its interaction with the city of Lisbon. Projects “FCUL+Verde: promoting and valuing flora in Ciências" and "BioCommunity: together we discover biodiversity in Ciências”, which include several members of the Urban Lab in their teams, won, ex-aequo, the first edition.
The combination of both projects resulted in a new project, named +Biodiversity@CIÊNCIAS, which is currently being implemented (2020/2021). +Biodiversity@CIÊNCIAS aims to enhance sustainability in the Faculty of Science campus and it assumes biodiversity as the pillar sustaining ecosystems and their services and, consequently, human well-being.
However, biodiversity is under great pressure, decreasing at an unprecedented rate, mainly due to anthropic factors. To counter this trend, it is essential that citizens are aware of its importance. To address this objective the project aims to monitor biodiversity over time on the FCUL campus, involving both the “Science community” and the citizens who live and work in the area. Using monitoring equipment and data recorded in the citizen science platform BioDiversity4All, everyone will be able to contribute with species records, increasing knowledge about campus diversity and assessing trends in a climate change scenario. At the same time, in a growing context of urban areas, public green spaces are nowadays fundamental for the quality of life of the populations and appear as a necessity for the healthy ecological balance of the urban environment.
At the same time, in a context of continued expansion of cities, public green spaces are nowadays fundamental for the quality of life of the populations and appear as a necessity for the healthy ecological balance of the urban environment. In this context, the projects aim to apply the concept of sustainability in FCUL's green spaces by characterizing and improving the green spaces of the campus.
We would love to count on your support and collaboration in the implementation of the project. Please, install the iNaturalist app in your mobile phone, join the +Biodiversidade@Ciências project and start registering species! You can also follow us in Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to find out more about the project and to stay up-to-date about the next initiatives.
Núcleo de Estudantes de Biologia da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa.
Ana Catarina LuzEcology of Environmental Change - eChanges
Ana Catarina LuzConservation in Socio-Ecological Systems - CSES
Ana Isabel LealTropical and Mediterranean Biodiversity - TMB
Ana Isabel Vasconcelos Dias CorreiaNatural History & Systematics - NHS
Ana Júlia PereiraEnvironmental Stress & Functional Ecology - ESFE
Ana M. C. SantosIsland Biodiversity, Biogeography & Conservation - IBBC
Ana M. C. SantosConservation in Socio-Ecological Systems - CSES
Cristina BranquinhoEcology of Environmental Change - eChanges
Cristina Maria Filipe Máguas Silva HansonEnvironmental Stress & Functional Ecology - ESFE
Cristina Maria Nunes AntunesEnvironmental Stress & Functional Ecology - ESFE
Inês Teixeira do RosárioConservation in Socio-Ecological Systems - CSES
Joana Maria Sofio MarteloConservation in Socio-Ecological Systems - CSES
Margarida Santos-ReisConservation in Socio-Ecological Systems - CSES
Maria Amélia Martins-LouçãoPlant-Soil Ecology - PSE
Otília CorreiaEnvironmental Stress & Functional Ecology - ESFE
Patrícia Garcia-PereiraConservation in Socio-Ecological Systems - CSES
Paula GonçalvesConservation in Socio-Ecological Systems - CSES
Pedro PinhoEcology of Environmental Change - eChanges
Raquel Gonçalves MendesComputational Biology and Population Genomics - CoBiG2
Sergio Chozas VinuesaEnvironmental Stress & Functional Ecology - ESFE