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The BRIGHT project is developed taking into account three major areas of intervention:

  • the conservation of the adernal. The Buçaco National Forest is the only place in the world where this habitat is currently described for science, although it possess nowadays references to other areas of possible distribution. The rarity, uniqueness and vulnerability of this habitat in regional, national and European terms, justified their protection and conservation, without prejudice of not being already under the Habitats Directive;
  • the control and eradication of invasive species that threaten the adernal and other existing protected habitats in the Bussaco National Forest - especially oak groves and laurels - as well as a relevant set of species of flora and fauna protected under national and EU law - highlighting in this case portugal laurel, holly and some flora endemic species as well as gold-striped salamander, various bats and some invertebrates, with regard to fauna;
  • active and continued involvement of civil society in the work of conservation and control through the promotion of regular programs covering various audiences, specifically planned for the specifics / needs of these audiences.

 Across the board, the project also includes a significant social innovation aspect, not only at the national but also European context, which involves the inclusion in conservation work teams, a team of seven inmates of the Prison of Coimbra, which develop here their daily work.

To the extent possible, and taking into account the business needs and the means available to the project by LIFE +, the project has promoted the reintegration of those who completed their sentence, and have expressed their interest and willingness to integrate the FMB team of workers.

Finally, as required at any LIFE + Biodiversity project, to point out that the project seeks to test, evaluate and disseminate the work carried out, contributing to its further replication and application to geographical and socio-economic contexts in which they can be successful.

In this context, subject of a communication program and regular dissemination, it is noteworthy that since its inception there is an ongoing work involving various agents, not only from other geographic locations but especially those in the region, to transmit and replicate the successful work, avoid applying less effective practices, and thus contribute to the conservation not only of the Forest but also its surroundings.  

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