• Create spaces for nature.


  • To conserve, enhance, know and disseminate the natural heritage of the Northeast of Portugal, through sustainability and with the participation of the community, through the management and protection of natural areas.
  • The conservation of the Côa, Águeda and Douro Valleys region, focusing on the management of habitats and species with higher conservation value. Therefore, it develops ecological restoration projects, including reforestation actions, revitalization of traditional agricultural activities, organic farming, environmental awareness, education and dissemination.


  • 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




                   Henk Smith President
Ana Berliner Vice-presidente
Kas Burger Treasurer
Miguel Correia Secretary-general
Dalila Correia Communication


General meetings:

  • Paulo Santos President
  • Carlos Sanchéz Vowel
  • Ricardo Nabais Vowel

Supervisionary board:

  • Ana C. Perpetual President
  • Rui Torres Vowel
  • João Jorge Vowel



The genesis of ATN

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

Therefore, 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 - is 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 rupicolous bird species that nest in the Arribas do Côa (such as Britango and Bonelli's Eagle), ATNatureza emerges with a regional scope, where, given the region's high natural heritage value and in view of conservation issues, it intends 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 six full-time staff and several interns in the curriculum and professional scope, as well as short and long-term volunteers, who support the work.


New entrance Quinta de Sol

Construction of wall at entrance of Quinta de Sol, in the old way, without cement. At Quinta de Sol roam 6 Sorraia horses. 

    Sorraia horse

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