Portugal

supporting nature restoration in portugal

The European Nature Trust is supporting local partners in their efforts to invigorate Portugal's natural wealth. The country still teems with pristine environments: wild river gorges, oak forests, rocky heathlands, native grasslands and Dehesa create a rich mosaic of landscapes.

But over the centuries, profound changes have occurred across Portuguese ecosystems. Depopulation has reduced the level of grazing on the land, allowing monotonous, fire-prone scrubland to emerge across the Iberian Peninsula. Wild herbivore numbers have reduced due to overhunting and habitat loss; infrastructural expansion has isolated subpopulations of carnivores; and natural forests are being replaced by fire-prone monocultures. The restoration of natural processes, where humans and wildlife coexist, is the key to resolving these environmental issues.
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47%
reduction

in natural tree cover across
Portugal since 2000
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500,000
hectares

of land burned in
rural Portugal in 2017 
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9
wolf packs

remaining south of
Portugal's Douro river

Explore our Portugal Projects

CREATING LIVING LANDSCAPES IN PORTUGAL

TENT supports Rewilding Portugal in their efforts to restore natural processes and create new nature-based economies in the Côa Valley. Through rewilding, their vision is to create a 120,000 hectare wildlife corridor for the Iberian Peninsula, where people coexist with wildlife, and where natural processes shape the landscape.
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Portugal News

Portugal's Ecological Utopia

Join Chris Morgan in remote, rural Portugal, as he learns about Rewilding Portugal's vision.

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Rewilding Portugal Confirm New Breeding Colony of Cinereous Vulture

Rewilding Portugal have reported that a colony of cinereous vultures has settled in the Malcata Reserve, in the northeast of […]

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"But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself"

 Rachel Carson
Writer and environmentalist

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