Protection, Restoration & Services in Forests and Agroecosystems

ForProtect aims to understand the ecological interactions between biological communities, both plants and animals, and human activities, as a means to improve adaptive management and sustainable uses, as well as to maintain or recover ecosystem quality and ecosystem services.

The focus of ForProtect is ecosystem protection and ecological conservation. It perceives and studies the landscape as interconnected patches of natural forest, cultivated forest, agricultural and semi-natural ecosystems, crossed by riparian corridors. The emphasis is on ecological interactions between human activities, natural drivers and biological communities, in order to maintain and improve ecosystem quality. The conservation of ecosystems’ quality in both managed and unmanaged systems is of critical importance to sustain provisional, regulatory and cultural services.

Group Coordinator

Teresa Ferreira