More space for nature in the International Tejo (Tagus International)
In 1987, Quercus carried out a groundbeaking campaign within the environmental movement in Portugal to acquire land for nature conservation in the Tagus international (“Tejo internacional”) region. This campaign aimed to protect the endangered fauna and flora in the Tagus International Nature Reserve, in order to prevent our native forest and endangered fauna from being destroyed by eucalyptus plantations and illegal logging. At the time Quercus raised funds to purchase 600 hectares (ha), and has, over the last 30 years, intervened in various reserves to promote the recovery of biodiversity. Thanks to these efforts, species such as the black vulture and the Iberian imperial eagle have once again returned and chosen Portugal to build their nesting grounds, priority habitats such as the bushweeds (dominated by Flueggea tinctoria) and various species of threatened flora such as the Portuguese lily have recovered in these areas.
There is now a new opportunity to continue this task by extending one of the reserves by another 80 ha, the land that we intend to acquire share boundaries with a 430ha property which is owned and managed by Quercus.
This new site will allow the recovery of another 800 meters of the “Ribeira do Marmelal” banks, a river with priority habitats of conservation such as the “tamujais” bushweeds (Flueggea tinctoria) and ash trees and with presence of species like the Europeanpond turtle (Emys orbicularis) and the Portuguese bogue.
This acquisition will allow for the conservation of over 40ha of cork oak forest and 20ha of Azinhal forest where several hundred species live, some of which are in danger of extinction.
With this acquisition Quercus will manage an area of more than 680ha, where we will continue to safeguard the natural values, increasing the knowledge and the protection of biodiversity.
Quercus has been advocating the recovery of habitats and species in this area, by raising awareness of environmental education, nature (wilderness) tourism, reforestation and recovery of waterlines, a vulture feeder, removal of invasive alien species, rehabilitated animals are returned to nature among many other initiatives. This work has been carried out through partnerships and collaboration with other local players, local associations, municipalities, companies and public authorities.
These areas will be conserved and managed according to the philosophy of the Rewilding Europe project, an initiative that aims to create more spaces in Europe and corridors for nature...
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Budget and due dates
To purchase this land with 80 hectares, Quercus needs a total of 150,000 euros by the end of February 2017. However for this PPL campaign, Quercus need 20,000 euros.
The money from this campaingn will be used only to by this land and this 20,000 is the part we still need to achive the total budget.
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