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Título: Quinta da França
Autor: Domingos, Tiago
Valada, Tatiana
Teixeira, Ricardo
Rodrigues, Oriana
Rodrigues, Nuno
Aguiar, Carlos
Belo, C. Carmona
Palavras-chave: Serviços ecossitémicos
Issue Date: 2010
Editora: Escolar Editora
Citação: Domingos, T.; Valada, T.; Teixeira, R.; Rodrigues, O.; Rodrigues, N.; Aguiar, C.; Carmona Belo, C. (2010) - Quinta da França. In Pereira, H.M.[et al.] (eds.) - Ecossistemas e bem-estar humano: avaliação para Portugal do Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Lisboa: Escolar Editora. p. 661-684. ISBN 978-972-592-274-3
Resumo: Quinta da França (QF) is a farm located in Cova da Beira, Covilhã, which is managed by Terraprima. The farm’s main activities are agriculture and livestock production. Among the fodder crops, the most important are temporary and permanent pastures and annual crops (such as maize, both irrigated and rainfed). Livestock consists of sheep, cows and goats (the latter in smaller numbers). The management of QF privileges sown seeks to optimize the environmental services of agricultural activities through the use of biodiverse pastures and no-tillage, and to obtain payment for those services. Regarding forest occupation, the oak-Negral is dominant, but there is a non-neglectable area of pine, and some small plots of eucalyptus marble and/or acacia. The main promoters of change in QF are: investment and participation in R&D projects; payment for environmental services; land use changes, biotic and abiotic threats and public support. Some R&D projects were particularly important in the management of QF. theProject Agro 87) plaid a pivotal role in the implantation of a significant area of biodiverse pastures in QF. Project Landstate was the source of the trademarked Terraprima products. Project Extensity contributed to the improvement and monitoring of the environmental performance of QF. QF, through Terraprima, was also a pioneer in the payment for environmental services. Terraprima signed with EDP (the Portuguese electrical company) the first contract in Portugal for carbon sequestration resulting from agro-forestry activities. Main promoters of land use change in QF are the construction of the irrigation perimeter of Cova da Beira, and the consequent intensification of agricultural and livestock activities. The main abiotic and biotic threats identified are the occurrence of fires and the incidence of the brucellosis disease. In terms of public support, agri-environmental payments are particularly important. The main themes for conditions and trends identified in the QF are biodiversity, food production, carbon sequestration / soil protection / regulation of water cycle and the supply of scientific information. In terms of biodiversity, and with respect to vertebrates, species with confirmed occurrence in QF are 72% of all species in the region. Main food products in QF are beef, lamb and calf meat, sheep milk, and grain silage maize. Carbon sequestration, soil protection and water cycle regulation are all achieved together by planting new forests, introducing sustainable
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ISBN: 978-972-592-274-3
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