It is with great pleasure that we make the final delivery of the Colossus forest park, a very interesting iniciative that aims to afforest almost 100Ha with native and pioneer species. It will be, more than 60.000 trees and bushes planted here, in the next 10 years!

This forest park will be open to public, and become part of the public use spaces of Colos, Odemira. The promoters wish to integrate this project in the carbon market, and also sequester carbon as a strategy to improve the ecological impact of the activities of the Colossus group business activities. And as usual, all the plantations are going to follow the keyline design approach!

Carbon sinking projects seem important for mitigating the effects of climate change by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. By planting trees and other vegetation, carbon is taken in through photosynthesis and stored in the plant material, known as biomass.

Keyline pattern planting is a specific type of land management that emphasizes the shaping of the land to promote soil health and water retention. By incorporating keyline pattern planting into a carbon sinking project, the focus on soil health can help to maximize the ability of the vegetation to absorb and store carbon. This can lead to a more effective and long-lasting carbon sink, as the improved soil will provide better growing conditions for the vegetation and allow for the sequestration of more carbon over time.

This is a project with a great focus on the structural mainframe, as a strategy for increasing the odds of all the future trees and bushes that will be seeded and planted. With good water retention elements, erosion stops, and fertily increase!

The project was developed in the last 6 months, and its now delivered in several supports that include:

  • Gis Project file with all the maps layers, water in landscape, access, structural vegetation, zoning and infrastructures;
  • Pdfs plots (different arrangements of informative maps);
  • Tables (estimations and 10 years implementation timeline);
  • GT8 android tablet with full RTK GPS;

This project team:

Project Director and Initial Drafts: Nuno M. Santos

Qgis designer: Ana Santos

Brainstorm sessions included: André Carvalho and Miguel Clemente

Estimations and timeline: Nuno M. Santos