Location: Lisboa, Portugal
City population: 1,884,876
Project duration: unknown - 2010
Project cost: Unknown
Financing source(s): Public local authority's budget

Lisbon Biodiversity Route

ROTA DA BIODIVERSIDADE

Pedestrian route with 14 km,marked according to the norms of the Portuguese Federation of Camping and Mountaineering, connects the Forest Park of Monsanto to the Tejo river, which aims to contribute to raising awareness of the capital's biodiversity.(ref. 4). The position and expressive dimension of these connected areas is decisive in the regulation of the climate,quality of the air and in the diversity of habitats that the city offers for the proliferation of life. The Biodiversity Route is a circular route, which can be done on foot or by bicycle in each,species of fauna and flora that can be observed.

Urban setting

  • Parks and (semi)natural urban green areas
    • Large urban park or forest
    • Other

Key challenges

  • Cultural heritage and cultural diversity
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)

Main beneficiaries

  • Citizens or community groups
Project objectives
1) Develop self-guided thematic routes for (re) discovery of the environment and heritage (ref.9) 2) Provide a valuable contribution to the dissemination of the natural wealth of Lisbon (ref.4) 3) Create a route that can be accessed either on foot or by bicycle (ref.5) 4) Provide an opportunity to observe the typical vegetation of the Mediterranean and Atlantic ecosystems, represented in the woods and meadows, but also in the orchards, olive fields and orchards, passing through exotic and ornamental species of scientific interest and historical value, found in the Botanical Gardens (ref.5) 5) Connect the Monsanto Forest Park to the Tejo River through the exploitation of biodiversity (ref.6) 6)To enrich the presence of urban routes in Lisbon, approved as an integrated network;(ref.9) 7) Provide adequate and up-to-date information;(ref.9) 8) Ensure the quality of paths, user orientation, conservation of ecosystems and built heritage; (ref.9)
Implementation activities
1) Implementation of informative panels: The diversity of biotopes and heritage wealth of the Route are presented to visitors in 18 selected sites, through informative and interpretive panels with the indication of the fauna and flora that exist in these places. (ref.5)

Type of initiating organisation

  • Local government / municipality

Management set-up

Government-led

Participatory approaches/ community involvement

  • Unknown
Details on the roles of the organisations involved in the project
The project, under the responsibility of the Environmental Education and Awareness Division (DESA) of the municipality, is part of the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity and was attended by, among others, the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL). (ref.8)
Project implemented in response to ...
... an EU policy or strategy? Unknown
... a national policy or strategy? Unknown
... a local policy or strategy? Yes
Article 40 of the Regulation of Pedestrian Path Recognition: This route appears inserted in a wider project of creation of an "Urban Pedestrian Network" that need to be certified by the Camping and Mountaineering Federation of Portugal, entity that protects the modality of hiker with competence to regulate and legislate in this matter.(ref.9) .This route is certified. (ref.7)
Expected impacts
  • Cultural heritage and cultural diversity
  • Green space, habitats and biodiversity (SDG 15)
Details on impacts and indicators used Enrichment of the city in what constitutes its network of recreational and leisure equipment (ref.9) Improvement of the habitats and biodiversity knowledge by the citizens (ref.9)

Presence of formal monitoring system

Unknown

Presence of indicators used in reporting

Unknown

Presence of monitoring/ evaluation reports

Unknown

Availability of a web-based monitoring tool

Unknown
  • Lisbon Biodiversity Route
    Lisbon Biodiversity Route
    License: 
    Division of the Monsanto Forest Park, retrieved 08/31/2018
  • Lisbon Biodiversity Route
    Lisbon Biodiversity Route
    License: 
    Division of the Monsanto Forest Park, retrieved 08/31/2018

 

Disclaimer: The data collection was carried out between June and August 2017, the information presented has not been updated afterwards.