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The “Mediterranean Taxus baccata woodsIberian Workshop carried out under the Project LIFE+ LIFE12 NAT/PT/000950 Taxus – Restoring yew thickets [9580* Mediterranean Taxus baccata woods] took place in Manteigas, at the   Civic Centre Auditorium of the Municipal Council. The event was organized in collaboration with the Institute for Conservation of Nature and Forests (ICNF) and the Municipal Council of Manteigas. The workshop was attended by 66 participants.

This Workshop aimed to present the results of the Life Taxus project and to discuss the state of yew thickets in Continental Portugal. These ancient thickets in which Taxus baccata L. is the dominant or co-dominant species, are limited to small vegetation cores in mountainous areas, close to watercourses were the soil remains persistently humid. In some specific cases, yew thickets also occur at the bottom of the valley, in areas which are not directly effected by watercourses, but in which the soil humidity is kept high by temporary flooding.

Several papers were presented on areas of expertise related to “Mediterranean Yew Woods”, followed by a discussion on the need to preserve the habitats were Yews occur. This species is extremely vulnerable to the effects of climate change and human activities. For these reasons the main goals of this project is to maintain the diversity of forests mosaics, improve existing areas and increase the area occupied by this species in Natura 2000 Network sites. Additionally, the workshop emphasised other attributes of the species such as the importance of the chemical properties of the species for the pharmaceutical industry in broad terms and also specifically on how it is used to produce cancer drugs.

Considering that the results of the activities of the project will have impacts beyond its duration, the workshop also discussed the need to create conditions and partnerships for a post-LIFE programme which would keep these activities going.

The interpretive exhibition of the project LIFE TAXUs "Restoring yew thickets 9580* - Mediterranean Taxus baccata woods" is open to the public in the Town Hall of Manteigas until the 20th of June alongside the IBERIAN WORKSHOP “Mediterranean Taxus baccata woods”.


 

Over a thousand visitors, 1062, from the school community went to see the interpretive exhibition on habitat, species and actions, an activity project LIFE TAXUS—“Restoring yew thickets” [9580 *Mediterranean Taxus baccata woods] that opened to the public from 18 April and 27 May at the Educational Farm of Braga (http://quintapedagogica.cm-braga.pt). The exhibition is now at Manteigas town hall until 20 June alongside the IBERIAN WORKSHOP “Mediterranean Taxus baccata woods.


 

 

Thursday, 05 May 2016 14:33

The Zêzere Great Route

On May 8 will be held in Manteigas the interpretive route "The Zêzere Great Route" 10 km from the Covão D'Ametade to Manteigas through yew plantation areas under the LIFE + Project LIFE12 NAT / E / 000950 Taxus - Restoring yew thickets [9580 * Mediterranean Taxus baccata woods]. An event in collaboration with the City of Manteigas and ICNF - PNSE.


On the 8th of May

 The Project LIFE Taxus - Restoring Taxus baccata woods [9580* Mediterranean Taxus baccata woods] and the Municipal Council of Manteigas did a field visit, on 8th of May, to the habitats of the upper River Zêzere. The meeting point was at 8:15 am in the Municipal Council of Manteigas, from where a group of 20 participants left by bus to Covão d'Ametade. Due to the adverse weather conditions the bus rode up to "Nave de Sto. António".

 On the way, Professor António Luís Crespi (Escola de Ciências da Vida e do Ambiente - UTAD) gave a talk on the geobotanical evolution of the Zêzere Valley and how Taxus baccata fits into this context. In addition, Engineer Rafael Neiva (ICNF) described the work which has been carried out in the intervention areas of project LIFE-Taxus and the significance of these efforts for the environmental management of the Serra da Estrela Natural Park.

 On the return trip, the group visited the Centro de Interpretação do Vale do Glaciar do Zêzere (CIVGLAZ), where a virtual flight was made over the Glacial Valley of the River Zêzere, simulating the glacial era 30.000 years ago, while narrating the events that led to the establishment of the glacier. In an exhibit within the fireplace of the old Forest Ranger's House, we saw a visual account of the history of this house and of the life of the forest rangers that watched over the mountain range and of the people who worked there as biologists, engineers and other field agents.

The interpretative exposition about habitat, species and actions that are being implemented by the LIFE TAXUS project “The priority recover of the habitat 9580*- Mediterranean forests of Taxus baccata”, is patent to visitors at “Quinta Pedagógica de Braga” (http://quintapedagogica.cm-braga.pt/). This educational structure is intended to be the basis for the relaunching between environmental education and the discovery of the bond of man to nature.

The interpretative exposition about habitat, species and actions that are being implemented by the LIFE - TAXUS project “The priority recover of the habitat 9580*- Mediterranean forests of Taxus baccata”, was in exhibit to public in the Environmental Education Centre of Vidoeiro- CEAV- National Park of Peneda- Gerês and counted with the presence of about 144 visitors, of which 53 were tourists.

The interpretative exposition about the habitat, species and actions that are being implemented by the project LIFE TAXUS “The priority recover of the habitat 9580*- Mediterranean forests of Taxus baccata”, is patent to the visitors in the Environmental Education Centre of Vidoeiro- CEAV- National Park of Peneda- Gerês.


The exposition has as a goal to inform the locals, students, visitors and tourists that want to enjoy the natural values in the surroundings of the intervention areas of the project, the importance of maintaining the ecological integrity of the spaces of Rede Natura 2000, having as base the Taxus’ groves and all the faunistic and floristic diversity that is associated.

The interpretative exposition about the habitat, species and actions that are being implemented by the project Life TAXUS “The priority recover of the habitat 9580*- Mediterranean forests of Taxus baccata”, was in exhibit to the public in the pole of the Eco museum of Barroso in Fafião and counted with the presence of about 300 visitors.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015 15:01

Exhibition in Fafião village

Exhibition is on Polo Ecomuseum Barroso in Fafião.

The interpretative exhibition about the habitat, species and actions that are being implemented under the project LIFE TAXUS is evident to visitors at the polo Ecomuseum Barroso in Fafião.. 

Tuesday, 10 November 2015 16:59

Monitoring report

The monitoring report is complete.

Is available the middle monitoring report conducted by the Centro de Estudos Geográficos - Instituto de Geografia e Ordenamento do Território da Universidade de Lisboa, under D.1 action.

Coordination

Associação Nacional de Conservação da Natureza

Co-financiers

LIFE12 NAT/PT/000950

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