We create spaces for nature


 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




henk 2 Henk Smith President
Ana Berliner Vice-presidente
IMG 4544 kopie 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.

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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.

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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 transboundary 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 subpopulation 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 subpopulation, 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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