Something entrusted to us

Something entrusted to us

Let’s give a future to our abandoned landscape

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  • This campaign started on 22/03/2019 and will only be funded if at least 29 195€ is raised until 21/05/2019 - 18:00 WET.

Let’s give a future to our abandoned landscape

Montis – Nature Conservation Association seeks to bring land management where it lacks to create more biodiversity, more richness and more social value, with the community’s involvement. For this purpose, we intend to buy marginal land that in the recent past was important to the rural economy, but nowadays has no social function and is very vulnerable, namely to large wildfires, due to decades of abandonment.  Our goal is to give a hand to the natural processes to increase biodiversity and the landscape resilience in order to become more useful and pleasant to a larger variety of species, including our own.

In the Açor mountain range (Pampilhosa da Serra), an area in great risk of violent wildfires due to the abandonment of the territory, we have signed a promise to buy contract for 3 land plots (5 hectares) to where we plan to bring our model of open management, involving the society in the support of natural processes.  In the Caramulo mountain range (Vouzela) we have a spoken agreement to buy 13 plots of lands (3,5 hectares) close to the 5,5ha we already bought in the 2014 crowdfunding. These plots, such as the entire surrounding area, have burnt in a severe wildfire in October 15th 2017; the signing of the deed of sale depends on solving a couple of problems with the properties register. In the Arada mountain range (S. Pedro do Sul) we are negotiating the purchase of some plots contiguous to the 100ha of common land that Montis already manages and where we have applied all our panoply of resources to engage with the community through volunteering, and the support of natural regeneration processes, natural engineering and prescribed fire techniques we prefer. The value of the last plots of land (Arada) is not included in this campaign as it is a situation that requires some time to discuss. It will serve as an alternative if the sale of the plots in Vouzela does not go through.

This campaign will finance the purchase of this land, and all the amount that exceeds what we ask will be used in the purchase, still in negotiation, of the plots contiguous to the common land of Carvalhais, in the Arada mountain range or any other land that we can negotiate.

Terreno Pampilhosa

Terreno Pampilhosa

About the author

MONTIS – Nature Conservation Association is a national non-profit NGO. Based in Vouzela, Viseu, Montis was created in March 23rd 2014 with the aim of managing lands with relevance to the conservation of the natural values.

The main mission of this association, with about 400 members now, Portuguese and international, is to ensure the development of the natural processes, promote the conservation of indigenous species, deal smartly with wildfires and other natural hazards and increase the biodiversity value.

Equipa Técnica da Montis

Equipa Técnica da Montis

Budget and due dates

Açor: 5.000€ + deed of sale 500€
Caramulo: 10.000€ + deed of sale 1.000€
5.000€ for management of forest fuels
5.000€ volunteering activities (weekend, monthly volunteering day, bioblitz, etc) for 3 years.

PPL commissions: 2693,24€

Total: 29.195€


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