This platform systematizes all the information and makes it available for public consultation.
The implementation of the Baixo Sabor and Foz Tua hydroelectric projects and the scientific partnership with CIBIO (Biodiversity Research Center - Porto University) culminated in the creation of the Biological Information System (SIB).SIB Baixo Sabor and SIB Foz Tua.
The platform brings together millions of data resulting from the studies, regular inspections and environmental impact assessments associated with these new plants. A wide range of analytical tools which are indispensable to EDP's long-term Adaptive Management approach, so as to ensure that impact mitigation measures translate into net gains for biodiversity.
The information collected over the years defines the biological map of the whole Tua e Sabor region, allowing researchers to answer questions as diverse as: How many butterflies and other invertebrates exist in the Tua Valley? How do bats behave in the vicinity of the Baixo Sabor reservoir? How threatened or protected are the plants and animals in those Habitats? What is the impact of a new infrastructure, such as the Tua and Sabor dams, on the evolution of the region's biodiversity?
Based on the platform, EDP initiated a process of sharing this knowledge with the world by publishing reports in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). The first batches of information, focusing on Tua's invertebrates and Baixo Sabor's herpetofauna, were published in 2017. In 2018, EDP published information focused on Tua's ichthyofauna. To get to know the whole information follow the link in the bottom of this page.
As one of the first private companies to contribute with information to this world database, EDP thus opens a new front in its commitment to promoting scientific knowledge in order to ensure the sustainability of the Planet.
Against the backdrop of the global decline in biodiversity, species occurrence and abundance data are essential tools for the planning, implementation and monitoring of conservation and sustainable use strategies. Their importance is recognized on a global scale, in particular by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the corresponding Strategic Plan and targets, established in 2010 in the Japanese city of Aichi under the aegis of the United Nations. Publishing data on the GBIF network is one of the indicators to measure compliance with one of the goals set for 2020.
These two information-sharing initiatives demonstrate EDP's commitment to protecting biodiversity, one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) enshrined in the UN 2030 Agenda. EDP has committed to contribute to nine of these SDGs, one of which is Protecting Life on Land (SDG 15).