Problem Areas for the Society
Most scientific and professional associations that are involved in ecological issues concerned with the preservation of the environment, exist thanks to the dedication and effort of their members and the Portuguese Society of Forest Sciences (SPCF) is no different.
Like most non-profit organizations the SPCF struggles at present with both financial and organizational problems that must be overcome.
The SPCF aims to promote excellent research into current issues fundamental to improving sustainability and protecting and preserving forests at the same time. Another important area of the Society is to promote and educate the public in order to increase interest and action in some of the main areas on an individual level.
Since the inauguration of the corporate bodies in January 2010, the SPCF has sought to overcome the difficulties, seeking to improve the working conditions that provide a more effective link between the associates. In addition there has been increased involvement in the organizing of various events.
The SPCF seeks to increase the registration update of all it’s members and to ensure effective collection of contributions. A membership fee together with the continued support of the treasury enables a more effective presence of the SPCF amongst the professional and scientific community.
SPCF Promotes Public Discussion of PNVTC
The Portuguese Society of Forest Sciences was influential in promoting the National Programme for the Enhancement of Community Territories (PNVTC) together with support from the Departments of Forests, (ESAC, ISA and UTAD).
The European Commission, in October 2007, launched a Regional Operational Programme for the 7 regions of Portugal. This Programme covered the years from 2007 to 2013 and was given a budget of about €6.6 billion.
The aims of the EU investment in Portugal
National Parks and Ancient Heritage
Another important area for the Portuguese Society is the protection of their national parks and ancient heritage sites.
Portugal is a truly beautiful country and there are several national parks and nature reserves that protect and provide a habitat for a wide variety of rare plant and animal species.
Most well known is the Peneda-Gerés which is the only nature reserve that is formally classified as a National Park. The Peneda-Géres is a stunning mix of mountains and rivers where truly unique animals such as the wild garrano horse still live and breed.
Another park is the Alvao Park which is nestled between crags and cliffs and boasts the most stunning of waterfalls. Many of the park lands in Portugal are natural nesting sites for diverse species of birds including the impressive birds of prey, and therefore attract bird watchers from all over the world. Alvao natural park has very few settlements with a population of less than 700 people. The villagers work on the land and more traditional farming techniques such as the ox and plough and certain crafts have recently been revived