Success story of the day: Cascais Natura
BusinessStory featured in the Made in Countdown 2010 publication
ActionThe environmental agency Cascais Natura, who joined Countdown in 2007, is very active in the preservation of Cascais’ natural heritage. Alongside numerous conservation measures, the agency worked to reverse the agricultural abandonment process and reintroduce farming and forest management. Cascais Natura established a visit and interpretation network in the Natural Park of Sintra-Cascais to promote better management of a territory that is subject to great human pressure and to ensure accessibility to it. The agency introduced Green Infrastructure – a land use planning tool whose fundamental purpose is to preserve essential natural areas that ensure ecological functions in the territory. A genetic bank was created to ensure diversity and the genetic integrity of native plants, and numerous environmental and conservation volunteering projects such as reforestation and invasive exotic species control were promoted. Cascais Natura also organised two forums on biodiversity and a workshop on vascular plants for the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.
Photo: The Cresmina Dune on the background of Sintra in Portugal © Cascais Natura