Improve the quality of Natura 2000 habitats and species in North-East Portugal, with the key involvement of civil society.


Nature and society are embedded in each other and active nature management has a key role in its conservation.


  • Conservation of the natural heritage of the Côa, Águeda and douro valleys basin region, through the promotion of traditional agricultural activities.
  • Conservation of the natural spaces of the Côa Valley, preserving its fauna and flora.
  • Achieve species conservation in natural areas.
  • Ensure the economic sustainability / profitability of nature conservation projects.
  • Contribute to the economic and social dynamism of the region.

Areas of activity:

  • Study and conservation of the fauna and flora of the Côa, Águeda and Douro Valley basin.
  • Awareness raising and environmental education.
  • Preparation and implementation of environmental projects of rural development (agricultural, livestock, forest and game) compatible with nature conservation.
  • Technical support in the areas of production and sustainable forest protection to the partners, forest producers.
  • Enhancement, restoration and promotion of cultural, architectural and archaeological heritage of the region.
  • Establishment of partnerships with national and international organizations.
  • Dissemination of environmental and scientific information.
  • Professional qualification




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Henk Smit (1958), studied environmental sciences at Wageningen University. has been working for 15 years in national public services, first an ecologist, later in management positions both in water management and nature conservation. Since 2007 now works as a senior partner in Wing, a consultancy firm he created with three other partners, organizing the multi stakeholder processes on nature, management of large waters and the transition in rural areas.
Henk joined ATNatureza in 2005, and has been a board member since 2010. In the past decade, as a board member, he has been focussing on fund raising, land acquisition, strategic management, and international relations. In 2019 he assumed the role of president. Henk is Vice president of the Fundación Naturaleza y Hombre (FNYH, Spain) and president of two Dutch foundations working on international nature conservation: FONA Conservation and Natura Iberica. Henk’s priorities for 2020-2023 are: bringing ATNatureza’s nature conservation to the next level, making Faia Brava an even more enjoyable reserve for our guests, and expanding the reserve with new partnerships. Of coarse a economically healthy and stable organization is key to that.

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Ana Berliner


Ana Berliner was born in Lisbon, Portugal, and studied Biology at the … University. Her master Thesis was dedicated tot he behaviour of vultures in the Coa and douro valley. During these studies she met Antonio Monteiro, and together they decided to start a new NGO, The Asociacao Transumancia e Natureza. ATNatureza was officially fouded in 2000, where Ana worked as a biologist on conservation projects. In 2003 Ana started Casa da Cisterna, a bed&breakfast in the castle village of Castelo Rodrigo. Over the years her business grew to one of the most important B&B’s around Faia Brava. She shows her guests the beauty of nature and archeology, and has become an expert in nature-based tourism around Faia Brava. Ana was president of ATNatureza from 2005 to 2019, where puts er vision of an inclusive approach to nature conservation into daily practice.

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Kas Burger (1961), studied Tropical agriculture at the University Wageningen, with specialization extensive animal husbandry and forestation. He worked in Mail, Peru and in a small scale irrigantion project in Senegal. He worked as consultant supporting small and medium enterprises. Kas worked also as innovation manager at the market leader in the filed of training and consultancy services with regard to change of behaviour. Last years he offered services in the field of agile mangement for business, government and the education sector. 
He bought with his partner, 85 hectares south of the Faia Brava Reserve: Quinta de Sao Paolo. He joined ATNatureza as a board member in the role of treasurer in 2019.He has been focussing on a sustainable organization, fund raising and involve research. Kas has developed a nature conservation framework and strategy for ATNatureza, funding agencies and for private investors. In the next term his priorities are: expand Faia Brava and make ATN more self-sustainable and less dependent on funding agencies. Enable ATN to generate money with CO2 and to establish long term relations with enterprises and private investors. We are The nature conservation lab for Portugal.

Tina Perpétuo Secretary-general

Ana Cristina Perpétuo (Tina) (1972) has been working in Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo’s High School since 1996, teaching Biology and Geology. Since then, she has been developing activities promoting field work and bringing students closer to nature. Tina joined ATNatureza in its earlier years, and has joined its board in several periods, especially involved in community environmental education. In this next term Tina’s priorities are supporting the president initiatives and involving the local community.


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Carlos Sanchez

Carlos Sánchez Martínez has been president and founder of Fundación Naturaleza y Hombre (FNYH) since its creation in 1994. Agricultural Technician and Master in Natural Protected Spaces. He has promoted important environmental conservation actions both in the Cantabrian area and in the Iberian West and other points and countries. His most outstanding initiatives are the enhancement of the dehesa and other spaces in the Iberian West; the reintroduction of the chamois in the Eastern Cantabrian Mountain; Reforestation, the permeabilization of dams in the Miera River to allow the salmon to come up, and the creation of a Green Ring around the Bay of Santander. He is also the author of several books and articles on the flora, fauna and natural areas of the Cantabrian and Mediterranean region, and the promoter of the main private Spanish biological reserves in the West Iberia, such as Campanarios de Azaba. He has also promoted the creation of several research, interpretation and environmental education centres such as the Estación Biológica de Campanarios de Azaba (Salamanca), the Ecomuseum-Fluviarium de Liérganes (Cantabria) and the Vivero Forestal El Pendo (Cantabria), as well as three of the four Entomological Reserves that currently exist in Spain. Aware of the benefits of coordinated networking, he was president of the Spanish Committee of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (CeUICN) from 2008 to 2014, an entity of which he had previously been vice-president.


Cassiano Monteiro


Cassiano Monteiro (1961). Chemical Engineer, currently General Director of PROX Lda.
In the field of nature, he is a member of the Board of the Mycological Association 'A Pantorra', a member of the Board of AOSP: Association of Wild Orchids - Portugal and a member of the 'Global Fungal Red List Initiative', author and contributor to the 'Red List of Flora of Portugal'. Continental'. He likes to get involved in initiatives that help preserve natural habitats for all species, particularly those most at risk of survival.

 General meetings:

  • Manuel Braga da Cruz (presidente)

  • Miguel Torres (secretário)

  • Sandra Monique Beato Pereira (secretária)

Supervisionary board:

  • Rita Cristóvao (presidente)

  • Jan Herman Meijer (vogal)

  • Jorge Proença (vogal)



The genesis of ATN

ATNatureza was founded on 6th June 2000  in Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, by a group of Portuguese citizens, with the important participation of people of Swedish, Spanish and Dutch nationality, involved in international nature conservation programs.

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ATNatureza - whose name derives from the Dutch foundation STN (Stichting transhumance en Natuur) and which supported the organization's early activity as a startup of this foundation - was born as a non-profit organization and is classified as a non-governmental organization (Environment) by the Portuguese Environment Agency.

Initially dedicated to the protection of cliff nesting bird species that nest in the Arribas do Côa (such as Golden and Bonelli's Eagle), ATNatureza has emerged with a regional scope, where, given the region's high natural heritage value and in view of conservation issues, it aims to serve as a platform for the development of ecological restoration activities and the safeguarding of existing agricultural practices in the region.

Its action and strategy have been adaptive, in order to adapt the practices to the context of the socio-cultural and natural realities of the region, and giving priority to species and habitats that need more attention.

Today ATNatureza receives the support of more than 700 partners and is involved in various partnerships and projects at national and international levels, never losing focus on the region in which it operates.

The ATNatureza team is composed of four full-time staff and several interns in academic and professional work, as well as short and long-term volunteers, who support this work.

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Ana Berliner & Antonio Monteiro

Partner in projects


Life Rupis – Conservation of Egyptian Vulture and Bonelli’s Eagle in the Douro Valley’ (LIFE14 NAT/PT/000855) is a trans boundary conservation project, for a period of 4 years (2015 – 2019), co-financed by the European Union through the LIFE funding programme. The project aims to strengthen the populations of Egyptian Vulture and Bonelli’s Eagle in these areas by reducing mortality and improving breeding success. The project takes place on the Portuguese-Spanish border,across the protected areas of the International Douro River, the valley of Águeda River, and Arribes del Duero. Other raptor species like the Black Vulture and the Red Kite will also benefit from the project actions.

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 LIFE WolFlux

The Portuguese sub population of Iberian wolf south of the Douro river is currently fragmented and highly isolated from the rest of the Iberian population due to geographic, ecological and social barriers. The LIFE WolFlux project aims to promote the ecological and socio-economic conditions needed to support the viability of this wolf sub population, so that it can play its functional role as a top predator. To achieve this, a series of actions will be implemented over five years to reduce the main threats to this large carnivore. The project area includes the whole wolf range south of the Douro river. The LIFE WolFlux project has received funding from the LIFE Programme of the European Union, and is co-financed by the Endangered Landscapes Programme (ELP). The ELP is managed by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative and is funded by Arcadia, a charitable fund of Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing. Find out more about the project here: Picture made by João Cosme | Rewilding Europe.

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