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Copernicus Sentinel-2 helps to safeguard mountain pastoral systems
28 June 2019
The Peneda-Gerês National Park in northeast Portugal has been home to wild ponies for around 2500 years. Today, it also provides a rich habitat for wolves, foxes, wild boars, ibex, and deer. It also hosts otters, fish, frogs, salamanders, 147 different bird species (many migratory) and 15 bat species. Data from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites are helping to safeguard this mountainous habitat.
One of the core missions of the European Union's Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) is to safeguard mountain pastoral systems, a man-made heritage where grasslands are key. To progress in this direction, habitat and plant diversity coverage are two dimensions in grasslands that require integrated monitoring to safeguard their role.
Source: Sentinel Online - ESA
Image credit: Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data (2016)/processed by CIBIO-InBIO, Portugal - Peneda- Gerês National Park