This case study aims to contribute to the improvement of integrated management of aquatic Natura 2000 sites, from catchment to coast, by investigating causalities involving biodiversity, ecosystem functions and services in relation to spatial flows (biotic and abiotic) and how they affect ecosystem resilience using a meta-ecosystem approach. Initially, this case study reviews the current laws and policies governing the environmental management of the area and identifies major drivers and pressures. GIS-based models are applied to conduct an environmental and socioeconomic scenario analysis, which aids in developing innovative management instruments as well as restoration measures for Natura 2000 sites.

Cooperating Partner: Regional Hydrographic Administration for Portugal Centre Region, Portugal Environment Agency

The Regional Hydrographic Administration for Portugal Centre Region, a department of the Portugal Environment Agency, is the cooperating organisation for AQUACROSS Case Study Five: Improving integrated management of Natura 2000 sites in the Vouga River, from catchment to coast, Portugal. The Portugal Environment Agency is a public institute under the aegis of the Portuguese Ministry of the Environment, Territory Management and Energy. It is responsible for proposing, developing, and monitoring public policies related to the environment and sustainable development, in close cooperation with other sectoral policies and public and private entities. The Regional Hydrographic Administration for Portugal Central Region focuses on oceans, seas, coastal areas, lakes, and rivers in the central administrative district of Portugal.

Case study five and the Portugal Environment Agency are represented on the SPBTT by Celina Carvalho.


Vouga River — Portugal