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Portugal

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National Celebrations

As Nacões Unidas declararam que 2010 é o Ano Internacional da Biodiversidade.
É uma celebração de vida na terra e o valor da biodiversidade nas nossas vidas. O mundo é convidado a agir em 2010 para salvaguardar a variedade de vida na terra: biodiversidade.

Comité Português para a Biodiversidade (Portuguese Committee for Biodiversity)
www.portugalbiodiversidade.org

See also: www.2010aib.org

Website of the Ministry for Environment and Spatial Planning

CTT - Correios de Portugal has issued a set of stamps to mark the International Year of Biodiversity.

TAP airlines in-flight magazine (April edition) is about biodiversity!

  Flash Mob for the Biodiversity
By The Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Coimbra – Portugal
Watch it on Youtube

Dates and VenueEvent
15 October 2009 - 23 April 2010
Olhão
Prize Creativity and Innovation - Biodiversity
13 - 16 January 2010
Santarém
12th International Meeting of Young Scientists of the UNESCO Associated Schools
13 March 2010
Lisbon
Confirmed
Train of Biodiversity / Organized by the Portuguese National Museum of Natural History and the Centre for Environmental Biology
12 April 2010
Lisbon
Confirmed
Biodiversity and Reconciliation Ecology : Presenter : Mike Rosenzweigh, University of Arizona, USA / Organized by the Portuguese National Museum of Natural History and the Centre for Environmental Biology
5 - 8 May 2010
Braga
Confirmed
Second International School Congress : Natural Resources, Sustainability and Humanity
7 - 9 May 2010
Braga
Confirmed
First International Workshop on the History of the Environment and Global Climate Change : Water, Ecology, De-forestation, Agriculture, Politics and the Management of Nature / Organized by CIE Portugal
10 May 2010
Lisbon
Confirmed
Human Biodiversity / Presenter : Johathan Marks, University of North Carolina, USA / Organized by the Portuguese National Museum of Natural History and the Centre for Environmental Biology
10 May - 16 June 2010
Lisboa
Ciclo de Conferências da Biodiversidade
17 May 2010
Lisbon
Confirmed
Biodiversity and Conservation Practices / Presenter : Ana Sofia Rodrigues, CEFE-CNRS, France / Organized by the Portuguese National Museum of Natural History and the Centre for Environmental Biology
20 May 2010
Lisbon
Confirmed
Insects in Order Exhibition / Organized by the Portuguese National Museum of Natural History and the Centre for Environmental Biology
22 May - 31 December 2010
Grandola
Confirmed
Trail of Biodiversity / Organized by the Portuguese National Museum of Natural History and the Centre for Environmental Biology
22 May 2010
Braganca
Confirmed
Uma Montanha de Biodiversidade / Organized by CIMO e CCVB
28 May 2010
Evora
Confirmed
Conservation Biology Conference 2010 (CBC10) / Organized by University of Évora's Department of Biology, Rui Nabeiro Biodiversity Chair and the Institute of Mediterranean Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (ICAAM)
28 May 2010
Evora
Confirmed
The Conservation Biology Conference 2010
2 - 4 June 2010
Braga
Confirmed
European Consortium for the Barcode of Life (ECBOL2)
Organized by:
Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal
7 June 2010
Lisbon
Confirmed
Biodiversity, Evolution and GMOs / Presenter : Pierre-Henry Gouyon, MNHN, France / Organized by the Portuguese National Museum of Natural History and the Centre for Environmental Biology
7 June, 5,7, 23, 28 July 2010
Faial
MARÉ 2010 / Organized by Osbervatório do Mar dos Açores
4 - 5 September 2010
Alvor
Bioblitz Alvor 2010 // Organized by SCIAENA
13 - 16 September 2010
Funchal
Symposium “Towards the establishment of genetic reserves for crop wild relatives and landraces in Europe”
21 - 27 September 2010
Braganca
Confirmed
Landscape Ecology International Conference: Forest Landscapes and Global Change; New Frontiers in Management, Conservation and Restoration (IUFRO 2010)
Organized by:
Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Portugal
29 September 2010
Lisbon
Confirmed
Biodiversity and Habitat Fragmentation / Presenter : Ilka Hanski, University of Helsinki, Finland / Organized by the Portuguese National Museum of Natural History and the Centre for Environmental Biology
6 October 2010
Lisbon
Confirmed
Biodiversity and Biological Collections / Presenter : Pier Luigi Nimis, University of Trieste, Italy / Organized by the Portuguese National Museum of Natural History and the Centre for Environmental Biology
20 October 2010
Lisbon
Confirmed
Biodiversity and Human Health / Presenter : Eric Chivian, HMS-Harvard, USA / Organized by the Portuguese National Museum of Natural History and the Centre for Environmental Biology
28 October 2010
Lisbon
Confirmed
Lynxes, Wolves and Golden Eagles Exhibition / Organized by the Portuguese National Museum of Natural History and the Centre for Environmental Biology
3 November 2010
Lisbon
Confirmed
Biodiversity and Conservation Genetics / Presenter : Craig Moritz, University of Berkeley, USA / Organized by the Portuguese National Museum of Natural History and the Centre for Environmental Biology
11 November - 31 December 2010
Lisbon
Confirmed
Biodiversity in Concert / Organized by the Portuguese National Museum of Natural History and the Centre for Environmental Biology
19 November 2010
Evora
Confirmed
I Jornadas de Gestão da Predação
 
Biodiversity Conservation in Portugal: passed or failed?
Campaign for schools
As part of the celebrations of the International Year of Biodiversity, SPEA is launching an initiative with schools in order to stimulate critical thinking, and increase the feelings of citizenship for matters relating to this subject. Thus, SPEA is challenging schools to examine the role played by Portugal in terms of conservation of Biodiversity in the last 10 years and suggests them to give their evaluation. Mainly, if they considered that the result was positive (passed) or negative (lead). Schools can also participate by sending a letter addressed to Portuguese MEPs about this matter.
This action is to make aware the Portuguese MEPs of the importance of safeguarding biodiversity and the need to increase the level of investment on it. It is also expected to contribute positively to the UN General Assembly on 20 September 2010.
More information on SPEA’s website

  International Art Contest
The theme is the International Year of Biodiversity. Children and youth (up to 18 years) may only use drinkable or biological dyes and inks for their artworks. The 1st prizes of the two categories, children up to 12 and children up to 18, will be published in National Geographic Magazine, among others. More details on the website or in PDF. The International Art Contest is part of the Earth Day Celebrations:

  1. Urban ecological strolls: walking and observing;
  2. Is my City a Botanical Garden?: photos/drawings, picking up leafs, seeds, bark to identify species;.
  3. Is my school a biodiversity black spot?: setting traps to capture insects, worms and other creatures to be identified, classified and set free;
  4. "Am I part of the Biodiversity?": reflecting upon our role as a specie and our ecological habitat.
  5. When the World Becomes a Canvas.

  The results of the Contest under the support of UNESCO National Committee - the International Art Contest 'When the World becomes a Canvas'.

Escola Superior de Educação de Coimbra (ESEC) / Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra
We will be promoting an initiative in our school called IWE2010 (International Week College of Education - Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra).

Past events

  I Jornadas de Gestão da Predação - Portugal

The 2nd International school Congress: Natural Resources, Sustainability and Humanity will be held in Braga Portugal on 5-8 May 2010.

  Fundraising recital for the Campaign "Building a School, Building a Future", featuring Stella Mendonça
On 7 May 2010, a recital by the soprano Stella Mendonça will be held at the Teatro Circo in Braga, Portugal, a fundraising event for the Campaign "Building a School, building a Future". This campaign aims to raise funds for building a school in the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.

  Alerta e Deslumbramento: Biodiversidade no Museu / Awareness and Dazzle: Biodiversity at the Museum
Exposição a partir de 3 de Maio, no Museu D. Diogo de Sousa / Exhibition from May the 3th, at D. Diogo de Sousa Museum. Leaflet (pdf).

1st International Workshop on the History of Environment and Global Climate Change: Water, Ecology, De-forestation, Agriculture, Politics and the Management of Nature in Braga Portugal, 7-8 May 2010, Braga, Portugal

I Workshop Internacional de História do Ambiente e Alterações Climáticas Globais: Água, Ecologia, Deflorestação, Agricultura, Política e Gestão da Natureza - Braga, Portugal, 7-8 de Maio de 2010.

22 May 2010: Portugal celebrated the International Day for Biodiversity.

Stations of Biodiversity
The stations of Biodiversity are public paths, with a maximum length of 3 km, marked on the ground with information panels about the biological diversity to be observed by visitors. Each station is located in a place of high species richness and landscape, representative of habitats characteristic of the area. During the year 2010, it will be inaugurated 20 Stations of Biodiversity in various regions of mainland Portugal.

Program EvoS
The theory of Darwin's natural selection explains the evolution of all biological diversity on Earth. However, this theory is scarcely known by the ordinary citizen. The program EvoS, which was initially launched in the U.S. by David Sloan Wilson, provides seminars and other training and information about the evolution to a wide audience The Center for Environmental Biology at University of Lisbon is the organizer of the program Evos in Portugal and will launch this program in the academic year of 2010-11.

  Young scientists from UNESCO Associated Schools (ASPnet) explore biodiversity
Biodiversity and Sustainability was the subject of the 12th International Meeting of Young Scientists of the UNESCO Associated Schools, held in Santarém, Portugal, from 13 to 16 January.
The meeting brought together 55 ASPnet students and teachers from 4 countries (Andorra, Portugal, Spain and United States of America) to launch the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity with students and a teacher from each country presenting their research on topics including Evolution, Biodiversity and Sustainability, Sustainability of the Systems of Animal Production, Public Health and Fight Against Poverty and Protected Areas and Biodiversity Maintenance.
For more information: Article

Partners

Associação Transumância e Natureza

www.atnatureza.org
Associação Transumância e Natureza is a non-profit organization that was created in 2000. It is classified as an Environmental Non-Governmental Organization, by Agência Portuguesa de Ambiente.ATN's mission is to work for the conservation of the natural heritage of the Riba-Côa region.

Centro de Investigação de Montanha (Mountain Research Centre)

www.cimo.esa.ipb.pt
CIMO (Centro de Investigação de Montanha) is a research centre focused on mountain issues. It was founded in 2002 to study and valorise mountain natural resources, forest and agriculture ecosystems, and local products in order to develop and maintain sustainable systems.


The diversity of backgrounds and expertise of CIMO’s members allows the centre to be remarkably multidisciplinary which suits CIMO's main object of study: complex physical-biological-human mountain systems.


Biodiversity, addressed from the genetic to the landscape levels, is a foundation component of all CIMO’s R&D activities.


CIMO is based at the Instituto Politécnico de Bragança (Polytechnic Institute of Bragança), Portugal.

Defense of Paul da Tornada Association - PATO

associacao-pato.weebly.com
Defense of Paul da Tornada Association - PATO, is a non-governmental environmental organization. Its legal foundation happened in October 1988 and, during 22 years of existence, PATO has fought for Paul de Tornada’s preservation and ecological recovery. This was only made possible through local population involvement and by alerting local, national and international authorities.
Beyond this purpose, PATO has been looking forward to be an intervenient voice on ecological and environmental problems awareness, not only in Paul de Tornada, but also across the region. Keeping in mind the main goal of sustainable development, PATO has been taking public positions, denouncing and alerting, and contributing for a larger awareness of the population in general.
PATO’s activity is focused on two main actions: environmental education, based on direct contact between the population and nature, and ecological studies, based on species’ characterization and inventory, both in Paul de Tornada and other local natural areas.

Gobius Communication and Science

www.gobiusworld.com
Gobius is a multidisciplinary company specialized in environmental education and in Life and Environmental sciences communication. Since its foundation in 2007, Gobius works for a sustainable world through the development of creative and innovative solutions that promote scientific and conservation projects, education and research organizations, ecotourism products and companies, as well as environmental awareness initiatives, bringing together science, nature and society.

Moura Encantada

www.mouraencantada.pt
Moura Encantada takes its name from the mythical, magical female spirits who were thought to guard the rivers, wells and treasures of the land and who promised treasures to those who kept their secrets with them.

Designed to fully respect the natural environment, Moura Encantada will be not just a hotel, but also a place where you will feel an honest, emotional connection to your extraordinary surroundings. A place where you will feel as if you are an integral part of the story unfolding around you — because you really will be a part of it.

SCIAENA

www.sciaena.org
SCIAENA – Marine Sciences and Cooperation, is a Portuguese non-governmental environmental organization founded in January 2006. SCIAENA acts in diverse areas of scientific research and its divulgation with a main goal of linking the scientific work to the population.

Its projects aim to the development through cooperation of the marine environments, resources exploration and associated communities, by developing actions in the environmental, social, economical and cultural fields. SCIAENA is also committed to promoting scientific research for education, information, training, political intervention, innovation and resolution of socio-environmental issues.

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves (Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds)

www.spea.pt
The Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA) is an Environmental Non-Governmental Organisation that works for the conservation of birds and their habitats in Portugal, promoting a form of development that safeguards our natural heritage for future generations.


SPEA is the Portuguese partner of BirdLife International, an international organisation that works in more than 100 countries.


SPEA is responsible for the designation of Important Bird Areas in Portugal, and for developing conservation projects aimed at some of the most threatened birds in Europe and their habitats. Besides scientific research and conservation projects, SPEA also does environmental education work and organises a vast programme of activities.

United Photo Press

www.unitedphotopress.com
United Photo Press, a non-profit international organization, leading several social and environmental projects in the last years, is preparing a Conference and a Book about different subjects regarding Biodiversity, Climate Change and the actual human way of life.

Promotion and dissemination of the 2010nternational Year of Biodiversity in Portugal by United Photo Press (17 photos-1.8 MB)

Vila Franca de Xira City Hall

www.cm-vfxira.pt
The Vila Franca de Xira City Hall is concerned with biodiversity preservation at a global level, through nature conservation and rational natural resource management, as well as the need to build a sustainable future. Consequently, principles of Sustainable Development are incorporated in all decisions and actions executed by the City Hall. The Vila Franca de Xira’s City Hall procures to bring awareness to these principles to the Municipality’s inhabitants through the celebration of important dates such as the “International Day of Biodiversity”, the “European Car Free Day”, among others, and through environmental awareness and education actions for students and general public.