Rewilding Europe is delighted to welcome a brand new member from Portugal to the European Rewilding Community. Working to advertise the nature-based financial improvement of the Serra da Estrela area, the Rewilding Geopark Estrela mission takes the variety of community members to 65 (together with Rewilding Europe’s eight operational areas), distributed proper throughout Europe.
Located in Western Iberia, the Serra da Estrela is the very best mountain vary in mainland Portugal (most elevation 1993 metres). Extending over greater than 220,000 hectares (2000 sq. kilometres) of this massif is the Estrela Geopark, one of many richest areas on the Iberian Peninsula when it comes to biodiversity and cultural heritage.
The geographical place of the park, coupled with its numerous bioclimates and soil circumstances, imply it’s residence to many distinctive and endangered species. Wolves, boars, otters, genets, golden eagles, peregrine falcons, Eurasian eagle owls and black kites are all resident right here. General there are about 40 species of mammals, 100 species of birds, 30 species of amphibians and reptiles, eight species of fish and quite a lot of invertebrate fauna. Three-quarters of the bat species that exist in Portugal may be noticed in Serra da Estrela, and round 70% of the amphibians.
As with many different rural areas of Portugal, a lot of the Estrela Geopark which was as soon as used for agriculture has now been deserted. Nonetheless, not like in different areas, many landowners have been prepared to promote their rocky smallholdings, and this has led to burgeoning alternatives round nature conservation, rewilding and nature-based tourism.
The Rewilding Geopark Estrela mission, overseen by the Associação Geopark Estrela, is now working to guard, promote and rewild the character and wildlife of the Serra da Estrela space. It presently supplies the framework for implementing rewilding and conservation measures to different native geosites, and is working intently with 9 municipalities to increase a authorized safety framework.
“We intend to foster analysis with the purpose of growing the geopark’s scientific, cultural and tourism potential for the advantage of native wild nature and communities,” says Emanuel Castro, the Associação Geopark Estrela’s govt coordinator.
The mission has utilized to affix the UNESCO World Geoparks Programme, with voting happening on the 8th World Geoparks Convention in September (a last determination shall be made by April 2019). Software started in 2014, with a memorandum of understanding signed between 9 native municipalities in 2015.
Scaling up rewilding
Rewilding Europe is a part of a burgeoning pan-European rewilding motion which has seen many spectacular and provoking initiatives develop over latest years. With rewilding-related initiatives persevering with to multiply and flourish throughout the continent, the target of the European Rewilding Network (ERN) is to attach, assist and strengthen them.
The ERN has displayed spectacular progress since its launch on the WILD10, the World Wilderness Congress in Salamanca in October 2013. It operates on a stronger collectively philosophy, selling rewilding as a conservation strategy. Members meet commonly – normally by way of webinar – to share information, perception and examples of finest observe.
Rewilding Europe extends a heat welcome to all rewilding initiatives and encourages them to use for membership of the ERN. Please view this page for extra info on software.