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Buçaco Forest Foundation was established by the Portuguese State, through Decree-Law 120/2009, with the purpose to recovery, rehabilitation and revitalization, management, exploitation and conservation of all heritage, natural and patrimony buildings from the Bussaco National Forest.
In this context, since its creation, has been promoting a series of works and projects aimed at the restoration of the natural and cultural heritage of this National Forest, including not only the development of restoration projects and enhancement of patrimony buildings heritage as well as appreciation of the arboretum, gardens of areas - better known to the general public - as well as the areas of native forest. These last, much less known and disclosed, have unique scientific characteristics and allow the existence of flora, fauna and habitats of high conservation interest, both national and European level.
Benefiting from the existence of this unique natural heritage and aiming their conservation by combating a threat that is now a major global problems - invasive exotic species - with direct involvement of civil society in these works, the BRIGHT project (Bussaco's Recovery from Invasions Generating Habitat Threats) was applied for support from the Nature and Biodiversity LIFE + component. It has been approved in 2010 and started work in September of that year, foreseeing its continuity until 2016. With its implementation, we intend to test, demonstrate and disseminate a set of biodiversity conservation practices that are essentially based on three axis:
- the conservation of a habitat relic - the adernal - whose geographical distribution is limited to scarce hectares in Bussaco as description and characteristics which formed the basis of its proposed classification by the University of Aveiro;
- for that purpose, the promotion of a set of ongoing work focused on testing and implementation of control practices and eradication of invasive exotic species (woody and herbaceous), some of which never tested at the national level and others just run a smaller scale;
- in order to ensure the continuity and sustainability of these jobs, the promotion of a set of various public engagement programs and civil society (institutions, companies, organized groups, residents, tourists, and others) in active work of conservation / recovery habitats and invasive control, in a perspective of ensuring not only the reduction of resources and investments required for their implementation as well as the exercise of an active citizenship and responsible for the conservation of nature and biodiversity.