But Sintra is much more than a romantic place: its also a lung of biodiversity.
In this sense, Parques de Sintra - Monte da Lua - entity that manages the cultural and natural heritage of the Serra de Sintra - launched the LIFE + Bio Sintra in order to enhance and preserve the little-known biodiversity of the area.
"The Cultural Landscape of Sintra is within the limits of the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park and is a Natura 2000 site. It is a privileged ecosystem that, in addition to important cultural values, also has priority natural values for conservation," indicates Ines Moreira, project manager at the Green Savers.
In 2009, the project ran up success with funding from the European Commission and officially started in September 2010, and one of the main objectives was to reduce the emissions of greenhouse in 128 thousand tons of those who live, visit and develops economic activities in Sintra.
Four years of sensibility in the name os Sintra's patrimony
Throughout these years the LIFE + Bio Sintra constituted about 113 stakeholders, built 50 shelters for amphibians, 40 boxes nest for birds and 25 shelters for cow-blond beetle. Studies were undertaken about the water ecosystem within the region and were organized weed species cleanup actions. It was also created the documentary "The Symphony" as a way to raise awareness of the natural resources of the mountain.
(...)Inês Moreira points out that the project was "very well received by local people who had enough adhesion of schools and created conditions for continuity with respect to the objectives". "We have opened a path to involve more people in the intervention of Sintra ecosystem," she says.
With regard to the continuity of the LIFE + Bio Sintra, Inês Moreira said that most of the awareness actions implemented during the project will continue to be available to the public. "It is very important to continue what has been achieved, show that the Sintra Parks remains committed to the conservation and involvement of people in solving environmental problems," says the biologist. Among the big bets for 2015 is the structuring of a regular volunteer program "based on several different pillars and possibly linked to a LIFE project."
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