“From the tree to the forest” is the environmental education project that CISE is developing with students from the Seia School Center, within the scope of Life-Relict project.
In the last weeks, four classes from the third and fourth year of school held the first activity “How am I and who am I”. In addition to learning that the portuguese laurel is a relic plant that is still possible to observe in some places in the municipality of Seia, they discovered in the green park of CISE, how the trees are constituted and how to identify some species.
On the 27th and 28th of May, we received a NEEMO visit, through the monitor Sara Barceló, who came to see on the spot the interventions carried out by the Life-Relict team, more precisely, in Mata da Margaraça and in the surrounding areas of Cabeça and Casal do Rei villages.
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On May 17th, the team of Life-Relict visited the Bussaco National Forest and the intervention areas of the Life Bright Project. Here, it was possible to learn about the management actions carried out to control of invasive alien species and the recovery of the habitats that this iconic National Forest hosts.
During the guided tour, it was possible to observe, in loco, the results of the efforts to control invasive alien species, such as the blue wattle (Acacia spp.), also present in the intervention areas of Life-Relict Project (i.e. surrounding areas of Cabeça village in Seia, Estrela Mountain).
Invasive alien species are those species that, not being native to a specific territory, proliferate aggressively there, affecting the characteristic biodiversity of that place. For example, acacias, a very invasive plants from Australian, compete with native species for the same resources (water, nutrients and space). Unfortunately, in Portugal, acacias are gaining more and more grounds, in detriment of our natural values. For this reason, biological invasions are now considered one of the main threats to biodiversity conservation. Thus, these two LIFE projects have in common the fight against invasive alien species.
The Life BRIGHT project – whose acronym is the initials of “Bussaco´s Recovery from Invasions Generating Habitat Threats”, started in 2011 and lasted for 7 years. The main purpose was to test, demonstrate and disseminate a set of conservation practices for the natural heritage existing in Bussaco National Forest, such as the conservation and enhancement of the relic habitat here present and, control and eradication of invasive exotic flora that threatens the habitat and other species as well as promote active involvement of diverse audiences, entities and civil society. This project was coordinated by the Mata do Buçaco IP Foundation and had the partnership of the Municipality of Mealhada and the University of Aveiro.
For more info, please visit: http://www.fmb.pt/bright/
In order to fulfill the 5th objective of the Life-Relict, that is, to increase the motivation, skills and cooperation of the local population and the regional authorities for the preservation of the Continental Laurissilva Relicts, several dissemination actions are being developed. It include the dissemination of the Project to the general public; communication and promotion of nature-based tourism; promoting environmental education actions; technical and scientific dissemination activities; networking with other projects and replication efforts.
In this way, the Life-Relict Project has a specific action for schools, through which it intends to:
- Cooperate with the school to fulfill its Educational Project, enriching the learning process, and without any financial burden for the educational community.
- Streamline environmental education activities considering the areas of competence established in the Student Profile on Leaving Mandatory Schooling and the Environmental Education Framework for Sustainability.
- To raise the awareness of the educational community about the importance of nature conservation in general and the preservation of the Continental Laurissilva Relicts in particular.
For more information about the Environmental Education Plan, please contact the Project team.
The Plan is available in Portuguese for consultation HERE.
The National Day for Nature Conservation was instituted by the Portuguese Government in July 28th, 1998, through Resolution of the Council of Ministers no. 73/98, which aims to create an annual moment of special reflection on issues related to nature, whether in Portugal or in the world. It is also a day of recognition of the role of society and the associative movement in favor of defending natural values, the basis of survival and all human activities.
This day aims to raise awareness and inform society about the state of nature and sustainable use of biological resources. Indeed, ecological imbalances, climate change, degradation of habitat and ecosystems, as well as the loss of biodiversity, jeopardize the sustainable development of Portugal, so the involvement of all citizens in its preservation is urgent and essential.
At Life-Relict, we are working to preserve the Continental Laurissilva Relics so that everyone can benefit from its goods and services, both in the present and for future generations.
We kindly ask for your collaboration in this short survey about the Life-Relict Website and, if you please, disseminate it throughout your contacts. It aims to understand the scope of the Project’ communication and dissemination actions. Coordinated by the University of Évora, this is a project that aims to substantially improve the conservation status of the Portuguese Laurel and Pontic Rhododendron in Portugal.
This very small survey will also provide us with an understanding of the Internet contribution to raise awareness for the importance of this habitat conservation as well as assess users’ opinions about the Site and the relevance of its content.
The questionnaire is short, anonymous, lasts less than 2 minutes and can be accessed HERE
Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Kind regards.