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LUSO-BUSSACO WELCOMES PORTUGAL’S FIRST INTERLIFE SEMINAR
The Annual Meeting on LIFE Exchange Experiences & Networking - INTERLIFE EN 2016 - the first event of its kind to be held in Portugal - began this morning in Luso, Mealhada, and continues tomorrow. Luso-Bussaco was the place chosen by the organization for the discussion of ideas and exchange of experiences between specialists in the field of environment and beneficiaries of the LIFE community program.
"To disseminate LIFE projects carried out in Portugal, and trying to understand if the best strategies for their development are being implemented" is the main objective of the event, as revealed by the Portuguese Environment Agency (organizer of the event), Ana Teresa Perez, during the opening session of the seminar. The mayor of Mealhada, Rui Marqueiro, as well as the president of the Mata da Bussaco Foundation, António Gravato, were the two other personalities present at the opening of the seminar.
Work is under way at this moment, with a roundtable where five international LIFE projects are being presented. Tomorrow, a morning visit to the Bussaco National Forest will take place, specifically the areas under the BRIGHT Project - "Bussaco's Recovery from Invasions Generating Habitat Threass" from the LIFE program. In the afternoon, a roundtable will be held, with the presentation of four more national LIFE projects.
Bussaco, 4 of november 2016
MONTEPIO VOLUNTEERING AT BUSSACO
The group Montepio carries out volunteering activities for the fourth consecutive year at the Bussaco National Forest.
The volunteering action was included on the volunteer's day of the institution, which annually counts on the participation of about 400 volunteer workers from north to south of the country and autonomous regions in actions inserted in the social, environmental, cultural and animal protection dimensions, and consisted of clearing and irradiating invasive species under the BRIGHT project, funded by the European LIFE + program.
There were two dozen employees, from the agencies of Aveiro, Castelo Branco, Coimbra, Torres Novas and Viseu, who, for a day, exchanged the computers and counters of the bank for hoes, galoshes and the Bussaco enchanted forest. The work continued during the afternoon at the Grande Hotel do Luso, with another round table focused on the presentation and discussion of more LIFE projects currently taking place in Portugal.
Bussaco, 4 of november 2016
"AVENTURAS DE VERÃO" VISIT BUSSACO
The group "Aventuras de Verão" 2016 were today at the Buçaco National Forest, in the Adernal zone, to take part of a volunteering and awareness raising action for the control of Tradescantia (Tradescantia fluminensis), one of the existing invasive species.
The action, carried out under the BRIGHT LIFE + Project, involved a group of 35 students, aged between 6 and 14 years old, who attend the Mealhada autonomy leisure program, aimed at children and young people who study or reside in the municipality of Mealhada. This event aims to be a complement and support to families in the months when there is no school activity, and runs until August 12, with various actions that seek to foster the acquisition of social / personal skills and group integration.
Bussaco, 7 july 2016
MONTEPIO GROUP VOLUNTEERS FOR BRIGHT
For the fourth successive year, collaborators from the MONTEPIO bank engage with BRIGHT's Volunteering Program.
The works where once again associated to the annual day that the MONTEPIO bank dedicates to its social, environmental and cultural volunteering works. Involving about 400 collaborators from all over the country (including the autonomous regions of Azores and Madeira), this day includes actions with different partner institutions, across different geographical settings.
In the case of the Bussaco National Forest, works included clean-up of forest areas and control of invasive species, under the corporate volunteering activities promoted by Project BRIGHT, with support of the LIFE+ Program. About 20 volunteers coming from Aveiro, Castelo Branco, Coimbra, Torres Novas and Viseu have dedicated their day exchanging labtop work for practical "on-the- ground" controlo f invasive alien species with the aim of conserving the "adrenal" relic habitat.
Buçaco, 13 of May 2016