This year devastating fires have raged throughout Portugal with enormous impact on nature and wildlife conservation initiatives. As the foundation ‘Natura Iberica’ supports the sustainable development of the nature reserve ‘Faia Brava’ in NE Portugal we have invited the executives and biologists to present and discuss the impact of these fires on the ecosystem. As an example of the conservation initiatives the protection of the Egyptian vulture will be highlighted, also in the context of the EU ‘Rewilding Europe’ program. The presentations and discussions are open to all that are interested.
|16:00-16:15||Arrival and Opening by prof.dr. Huub Savelkoul (Wageningen University)|
|16:15-16:45||Presentation and the Egyptian vulture’ by Eduardo Realinho and Núria Vcoll|
|17.00-17.30||Experiences with drought and fires in Faia Brava’ by Antonio Monteiro and Pedro Prata|
Host: Prof.dr.ir. Huub F.J. Savelkoul who holds the chair in Cell Biology and Immunology, but, being a biologist by training, he is also board member of the ‘Natura Iberica’ foundation. Located in the Coa Valley, the Faia Brava Reserve covers the steep slopes are formed by granite outcroppings and cliffs, a good habitat for the cliff-breeding birds. This area is inserted in the Coa Valley Special Protected Area (Natura 2000) and IBA (Birdlife International Important Bird Area) and, finally, in the Archaeological Park of the Coa Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our foundation encourages and facilitates students in different study programmes at Wageningen University to take part in nature conservation, sustainable development of the unique ecological site in ‘Faia Brava’ (faiabrava.nl; rewildingeurope.com), and completing the inventory of this hot spot of biodiversity by means of internships and other activities. Researchers and operational staff have also been involved presenting an alternative strategy for land management to prevent and diminish the impact of fires.
You are most welcome to listen to their story and discuss ideas how to sustainably manage these nature reserves and low intensive agricultural areas.
Free admittance, registration is not required