The project aims to rehabilitate and plant cork oak and holm
oak forests in the parish of Cachopo, "in order to guarantee the
protection and rehabilitation of the soil, conservation of water lines and the
recovery of ecosystems and natural habitats", the environmental association
said in a statement.
The intervention of the Plantar Montado project corresponds
to one of the priority intervention areas - the Caldeirão Natura 2000 network
site - also providing for the reinforcement of trees, shrubs and herbs, with
the use of organic matter from pruning and vegetable waste for natural fertilisation.
The solutions to be applied are based on nature, deriving
from a set of fundamental techniques for that area which has been “heavily
affected by desertification, rural fires and torrential erosion”, says the
The ANP|WWF recalls that the restoration of the Serra do
Caldeirão landscape began in 2007 with an ecological project in Ribeira do
Vascão, in the Guadiana river basin, later escalating to the Plantar Água
project (2019-2022), which enabled the restoration of 100 hectares of area
affected by the fires, and for the Plantar Água - Semear Futuro project
(2022-2024), which will maintain and expand by another 20 hectares.
“After the success of the Plantar Água project [...] it is
essential that we continue to work in close partnership with associations,
authorities and local communities to recover the traditional productive
potential of Serra do Caldeirão, as a way to combat desertification and rehabilitate
this fragile territory”, says Ruben Rocha, from ANP|WWF.
The Plantar Montado project, developed by ANP/WWF in
partnership with the Câmara de Tavira and Associação de Produtores Florestaisda Serra do Caldeirão, is financed by community funds through the COMPETE 2020