Dissemination Actions


  • Environmental education in Monchique

And as the little ones are the future … Life-Relict also does environmental education!


These days, the students of Monchique have been able to learn more about the Pontic Rhododendron, a biological heritage that belongs to all of us, but is especially theirs!



  • Technical Meeting – Valorization and Management of Mediterranean Pontic Rhododendron

The Technical Meeting for “Valorization and Management of Mediterranean Pontic Rhododendron” took place on June 6, 2019 in Vale Largo (Serra de Monchique). It was attended by the Mayor of Monchique and with more than 40 people interested in learning more about this relict community (Rhododendron ponticum subsp. Baeticum).

This day was the opportunity to follow the work carried out under the Life-Relict project and discuss the main problems related to the conservation of these relic communities.



  • Orvalho holds important repository of Continental Laurissilva – May 25th, 2019

The Life-Relict project informed the population of Vila de Orvalho (Municipality of Oleiros) and its visitors, about the presence and importance of Continental Laurissilva in this locality. Here is a refugee of an important nucleus of Portuguese Laurel (Prunus lusitanica L.) that has survived the fires of recent years. In this event, the uniqueness of this vegetation type was highlighted and the main management methods were addressed.


  • Open Class – March 11th 2019

Last March 11, the Life-Relict project promoted an open class on Continental Laurissilva, aimed at students from the University of Évora, but open to all interested parties. Twenty-two students from four different courses attended: Landscape Architecture, Biology, Ecology and Environment and Forest Engineering.

In this open class, which was intended to be an informal conversation, it was discussed the origin of Laurissilva existing in the European Continent and the importance of Natura 2000 Network. It was also explained how the Natura 2000 Network Habitat Sheets provide relevant information for nature conservation, which can be applied in different professional areas.

One of the most important aspects of this session was the possibility of interaction between students with different backgrounds, whose knowledge exchange made clear the importance of multidisciplinary cooperation.

It was 3 hours well spent!




  • Route of the Terraces – 27 de dezembro de 2018

On December 27th the Serra da Estrela Interpretation Center (CISE in pt) in partnership with the Aldeias de Montanha e Cabeça took a walk along the Route of the Terraces. This route, about 3 kilometers long, is part of the Caminhos de Montanha (mountain trials), a network of trails from the Aldeias de Montanha (mountain villages). It develops in a valley of abrupt slopes and marked rural character, next to the village of Cabeça (in a event called Christmas Village). In this village, housed on top of a cliff overlooking the Loriga stream, the traditional houses are one of the best examples of a typical schist village in Serra da Estrela.

Along the trail it was possible to walk on terraced areas and on the banks of the stream observed the Portuguese Laurel and the European Holly, plants that are testimonies of the valley’s natural vegetation in times before the last glacial period. Part of the trail belongs to the intervention area of Life-Relict project which, in this particular area has the main goal of preserve the Portuguese Laurel communities that exist here.



  • Technical Day in the Mata da Margaraça – June 8, 2018

On June 8th , 2018, the Life-Relict project team organized, in partnership with the Mata da Margaraça Interpretive Center, the 1st Technical Day in the Mata da Margaraça, entitled “Enhancement and Management of Mediterranean Portuguese Laurel”. The event was attended by over 35 participants representing associations such as Quercus, ICNF, Reflorestar Portugal, CICYTEX, Oleiros Municipality, Center for Functional Ecology and a group of forest workers.

This action aimed to disseminate the importance of Portuguese Laurel communities, identify their conservation status and share information on best practices of management that best suit the conservation of this habitat which is subject to various threats and pressures. In the first part of the journey, the Life-Relict project and its objectives were presented. The journey continued with a technical field visit in the middle of Mata da Margaraça, where is one of the best peninsular Portuguese Laurel Communities. In the group there was a spirit of sharing among all the participants, who contributed their knowledge thus enriching this action. Throughout the day the mystical Mata da Margaraça was shown to the public in a verdant setting and fresh by the rain. The result was very positive, at the end of the day the sun toasted us with the shining Portuguese Laurel flowers.