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SPEA is an Environmental not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support research and conservation of wild birds and their habitats, by promoting sustainable development for the benefit of future generations.
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Main results
Main events up to December 2007:
  • Start of the LIFE Priolo Project (September 2003)

  • Start of the actions of management of the habitat (April 2004)

  • 14 meetings of the Executive Commission (every trimester)

  • 3 meetings of the Consultive Scientific Commission (annual)

  • Publication of the Priolo Bulletin (every trimester)

  • Various published articles in specialized press: Birds (RSPB magazine), Pardela (SPEA magazine), National Geographic magazine, CAIS magazine

  • Published articles in general press: Nordeste Town Hall Bulletin, regional press, national press

  • Several regional television and radio broadcast news

  • Documentary about the Priolo and the LIFE project broadcasted by the regional TV channel - RTP Açores (February 2007)

  • 2nd edition of the book "Priolo and the cloud forest" written by J.A. Ramos (January 2006)

  • Conclusion of the large pedestrian route "Grande Rota do Priolo" (July 2007)

  • Organization and celebration of the I, II and III Days for the Conservation of the Priolo (Ponta Delgada – October 2004, Povoação – January 2006 and Nordeste – May 2007, respectively)

  • Youth Contest "The Priolo: an endangered Species, a threatened Habitat!", exposing of the top works in the Parque Atlântico Shopping Centre (April 2006)

  • Realisation of a disclosing campaign among the scholars: "Priolo goes to your school", with the purpose of creating environmental awareness among the youth of the island (2006-2007)

  • Organisation of a workshop where teachers of Azorean schools participated to decide the scholar program of the Priolo's Interpretation Centre (October 2007)

  • Organisation of an scientific workshop about the Priolo and its habitat (May 2007)

  • Photographic exposition in the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium (April 2007)

  • Visit of the Ministry of Environment, Land Planning and Rural Development and the Regional Secretary of Environment and Sea to the LIFE Priolo Project (July 2005)

  • Visit of the Delegation of Members of the Regional Parliament of the Socialist Party to the LIFE Priolo project (February 2006)

  • Visit of the RSPB International Department Director to the LIFE Priolo project (August 2007)

  • Visit of the USA Representative Consul to the LIFE Priolo project (August 2007)

  • Participation in the “Fair of the Sea and Fishing” in Ponta Delgada (September 2005), in the “Fair of the Economical Activities” of Nordeste (July 2005) and of Povoação (August 2005) and in the “Fair of the Leisure, the Land and the Sea” in Ponta Delgada (May 2006)

  • Participation in the VII Regional Meeting of Environmental Education, Ponta Delgada (January 2004)

  • Presentation of communication about the LIFE Priolo project in the 9 th National Meeting of Ecology, Ponta Delgada (February 2004)

  • Participation in the VII Congress about GIS and Teledetection in Ecology, Alicante, Spain (October 2005)

  • Participation in the IUCN Conference about Financing of Protected Areas, Sevilla, Spain (January 2006)

  • Presentation of communication about the LIFE Priolo project in the V Congress of SPEA, Lisboa (March 2006)

  • Participation in the Coastwatch Seminar, Povoação (April 2006)

  • Presentation of communication about the LIFE Priolo project in the VI Meeting Alfa of Phytossociology, Angra do Heroísmo (June 2006)

  • Visit to the LIFE Priolo project intervention area by the participants in the International Symposium of Intractable Weeds and Plant Invaders (July 2006)

  • Presentation of communication about the LIFE Priolo project in the 1st European Congress of Conservation Biology, Hungary (August 2006)

  • Participation in the VIII Congress about GIS and Teledetection in Ecology, Mérida, Spain (February 2007)

  • Presence in the Natura Fair 2007, Brussels, Belgium (April 2007)

  • Visit to the LIFE Priolo project intervention area by the participants in the IUFRO Congress of Tree Biotechnology (June 2007)

  • Presentation of communication about the Economic viability analysis of the Pico da Vara / Ribeira do Guilherme SPA in the Congress of the Portuguese Association for the Regional Development, Angra do Heroísmo (July 2007)

  • Presentation of communication about the Economic viability analysis of the Pico da Vara / Ribeira do Guilherme SPA in the 1st Meeting Environment and Sustainable Development in the Azores, Povoação (July 2007)

  • Presence in the British Birdwatching Fair 2007, Rutland, England (August 2007)

Main results up to December 2007:
  • Treble of the area included in the ZPE Pico da Vara / Ribeira do Guilherme, actually it is 6067 hectares (April 2005)

  • Elaboration and publication of the Management Plan of the ZPE Pico da Vara / Ribeira do Guilherme, allowing the continuity of the main management and monitoring of the habitat of the Priolo actions until December 2010 (surpassing the period of the LIFE Project), and reinforcing the components of the Legislation of Protection of the Habitat of the Priolo, of Education and of Environmental Sensibilization of the populations and make compatible the economical activities with the protection of the Priolo and its habitat (July 2005)

  • Study of the distribution of the agricultural and forest activities in the area immediately adjacent to the Pico da Vara /Ribeira do Guilherme SPA (December 2004)

  • Study for the Evaluation of the Awareness of the Population in General and the Administration in relation to the problems of the Priolo and the Native Vegetation (1st phase concluded in June 2005)

  • Website of the LIFE Priolo project and online publication of the GIS of the LIFE Priolo project

  • Production of CD-ROM, brochures and school kits devoted to the Priolo and Nature Conservation

  • Protocol with the Regional Department of Public Constructions on the use of native plants on road edges

  • Monitoring Study of the Priolo Population 2002-2007

  • 159 ringed priolos during mist-netting sessions since 2005

  • Monitoring Study of the Abundance and Distribution of rodents and mustelids in native laurel forest areas (started in 2006)

  • Planting of more than 4 hectares of traditional fruit species

  • Annual production of nearby 10.000 plants in the nurseries at the Forest Services of Nordeste

  • Planting of more than 30.000 native plants in the area of action of the LIFE Priolo project

  • Nearly 14 Km of open or recovered trails in all the working area

  • 10 hectares of Japanese Red Cedar Cryptomeria japonica already converted to native laurel forest

  • More that 100 hectares have already been cleared from exotics in the main distribution area of the Priolo through the eradication of exotic species and the plantation of native species

  • Establishment of an interactive Interpretation Centre about the Priolo, the native laurel forest and the menaces both face to their conservation in the SPA – Priolo’s Environmental Centre. This Interpretation Centre is the result of a cooperation between the LIFE Priolo project and the Regional Direction of Forest Resources (DRRF), also with the support from the Regional Secretary of Environment and Sea (SRAM) (December 2007)



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