ATNatureza - Faia Brava

Founded in 2000, the Transhumance and Nature Association (ATNatureza) is a non-profit, non-governmental environmental organization based in Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, whose vision is to Create Spaces for Nature.

Initially dedicated to the protection of cliff nesting bird species that nest in the Arribas do Côa (such as the Golden and Bonelli's eagles), ATNatureza has a regional scope in the protection of the region's natural heritage through restoration, ecological development and rewilding.

Owning more than 1600 ha among the various nature spaces or protected areas, ATNatureza's management includes the Faia Brava Reserve, the first and only private protected area in Portugal, located within the SPA (Special Protection Zone) Côa Valley (part of the Natura 2000 network) and the Côa Valley Archaeological Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Like the Faia Brava Reserve, the strategy expands regionally with the Arribas da Mata, Middle Côa and Arribas de Fornos protected areas, whose natural values ​​are important to preserve. In these areas various conservation actions of the projects are implemented in which the ATNatureza is a partner, such as LIFE “Rupis” and LIFE “Club of Fincas for the Conservation of the Iberian West” and the Rewilding Europe initiative.

ATNatureza promotes actions among the community, such as scientific workshops, environmental education sessions, thematic conferences, among others, to promote the protection and knowledge of Nature.


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Faia Brava soils are known to be quite poor in nutrients, minerals and organic content. However, no data were available, since little research had been done so far in Faia Brava. We are missing basic ...

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Entrepreneurs and scientists meet in Faia Brava for nat…

We had the honour to receive a group of entrepreneurs and scientists committed to engage for biodiversity. My ATNatureza collegues explained a new project "Impulse for Biodiversity" to enhance refores...

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Forestation by ATNatureza on Portuguese television

On 13th April the forestation activities of ATNatureza were broadcasted on public channel RTP2 in the programme Biosfera: Como salvar as serras do deserto? How to save the mountains from the de...

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