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"Underwater Nature Festival"
From the 3rd to the 8th of June the Galo Resort Hotels in Madeira, in partnership with the "Parque Natural da Madeira" (Nature Park) and other local partners, is organizing the first edition of a unique event named "Underwater Nature Festival". With this event we hope to help promote and raise awareness of the Underwater Nature Reserve of Garajau, where our Hotels and Manta Diving Center have been located for over 30 years.
Please find attached the program we have specially created for this event which includes an attractive mix of activities aimed at anyone interested (pre-registration required). A unique opportunity to actively enjoy this protected space while raising awareness for its preservation. We will promote activities such as scuba diving, guided snorkeling, kayak tours, bat watching, yoga at the beach and sea water gymnastics. There will also be
lectures about the marine life of Madeira, live music and workshops. For the official lecture on the 7th of June we will count with the participation of the renowned marine biologist Prof. Dr. Peter Wirtz, with whom will also be possible to join for guided dives during this event. In addition, we will promote an Underwater Photo Contest, of free participation and open to anybody who has an underwater camera.
Last but not least, on Saturday the 8th of June, the "Underwater Nature Festival" will promote an "Open Day" with a fun workshop of different water activities, beach time and finalizing with a sunset barbecue by the beach. Also on this day, we will organize the first Stand-Up Paddle Race of Madeira, named "1º SUP Board Race", with experienced athletes and a course through the Nature Reserve of Garajau.
The "Underwater Nature Festival", through the Galo Resort Hotels, has also associated itself with the environmental project "Life Eco Compativel" promoted by the "Parque Natural da Madeira" (more Info: http://www.lifeecocompativel.com/index.php?lang=en), using this event as a promoting platform to gather more stakeholders.
The idea for this event arose in the fact that this hotel group has been placed since its beginning in this privileged area, providing direct access and activities such as diving in this Reserve for more than 30 years.
People interested in participating in the individual activities or "Open Day" of the "Underwater Nature Festival" can send their subscription to the following contacts:
Tel: (+351) 291 930 936
Visitas ao Ilhéu do Farol
MÊS DE AGOSTO NO PORTO SANTO – VISITAS AO ILHÉU DO FAROL
Se este mês de agosto vai de férias ao Porto Santo aproveite para conhecer o Ilhéu de Cima ou do Farol.
No âmbito do projeto LIFE Ilhéus do Porto Santo serão realizadas visitas nos dias 1, 6, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 e 29 de agosto, das 10 às 12:30.
Os lugares são limitados, e têm um custo de 5€ por pessoa, mas no caso de levar um grupo com 4 ou mais pessoas pagará apenas 3€ por pessoa.
Chamamos a atenção que todos os participantes terão que ter destreza física para andar de bote e realizar o transbordo bote/ilhéu/bote.
Hip Hop pela Natureza
Desertas Islands Natural Reserve
Desertas Islands Natural Reserve is bounded by the 100 meters bathymetric contour line, including all the islands and islets and respective maritime area. It includes three volcanic islands, Ilhéu Chão, Deserta Grande and Bugio.
Desertas Islands are protected since 1990 and were classified as a Natural Reserve in 1995. It is awarded with Biogenetic Reserve since 1992, is included in Natura 2000 Network and is an Important Bird Area (IBA).
The Reserve contains several plant species endemic to Macaronesia, with some exclusive to Desertas Islands.
The fauna of the Desertas Islands is diversified, mostly as regards nesting birds. The Reserve is a refuge for an interesting community of several species of seabirds such as Deserta's Petrel, endemic to Madeira, nesting exclusively on Bugio, Bulwer’s Petrel, the largest colony of this species in the Atlantic, Madeiran Storm-petrel and Cory’s Shearwater.
These Islands are also one of the last refuges and of most important areas for the reproduction of the Mediterranean monk seal in Europe.
The terrestrial and marine biodiversity of the Desertas Islands as well as the importance of their habitats make these islands an exceptional Natural Reserve.
Advanced permission from Serviço do Parque Natural da Madeira (Madeira Natural Park) is needed to anchor and visit ashore. To obtain it, contact us by e-mail, with the following information:
a) Date and period of your staying;
b) Boat’s responsible identification;
c) Crew members number;
d) Boat’s registration name and nationality;
e) Type of boat;
f) Aim of the visit, namely if it is particular or commercial.
This is a resumed translation of the Portuguese version. For further information, please contact the Reserve Coordination.
Project LIFE - Islets of Porto Santo
The long-term or ongoing objective of this project (LIFE09 NAT/PT/000041) is to guarantee that the ecosystems of Nature 2000 Network site of Ilhéus do Porto Santo (Porto Santo Islets) (PTPOR0001 – Habitat 1250 – Vegetated sea cliffs with endemic flora of the Macaronesian coasts), and the surrounding marine area, reach a stable, favourable and self-sustainable conservation status.
These islets harbour a high number of endemic species, many of which are outlined in the EC Habitats and Bird Directive Annexes. This will be achieved through the creation of conditions for the recovery of the habitats and species present in this Nature 2000 Network site.
The specific objectives are: (i) Eradicate the rabbit populations, (ii) significantly reduce the mice population, (iii) significantly reduce the invasive plants populations, (iv) control and stabilize the gulls populations, (v) cease the uncontrolled and unorganized visits to the Porto Santo Islets (vi) Implement, during the project lifetime, the 14 programs of conservation measures specific to those species of higher conservation concern (seabirds, terrestrial molluscs and plants of the European directives (vii) Promotion of strong public support for the conservation of this Nature 2000 Network site, not only through the execution of activities such as tree plantations in Porto Santo Island (which will involve the beneficiary, partners, supporters and general public), workshops or thematic lectures, but also through the creation of the project logo and mascot, the disclosure of the internet site and facebook, among others (aiming a strong commitment between the public and the project) promotion of strong public support for the conservation of this Nature 2000 Network site (viii) Creation, at the very beginning of the project, of the Consultive and Scientific Commissions
Actions and means involved
The project calls for actions of a transversal and encompassing nature that will have impacts on all the ecosystems found in the islets (for example, the elimination of introduced invasive species) and other actions aimed directly at groups and/or indigenous and endemic species with a conservation status that is of greater concern (seabirds, molluscs and plants).
The main concrete Public awareness and dissemination of results actions are (D) (i) Dissemination of the project through a net blog and an internet site (ii) Promote the increase in the number of visitors to the Site, through the creation of an interpretation centre on the lighthouse of Farol Islet, equipping and signposting interpretive pedestrian routes and the organization of visits to the IPS under the overall theme of “Islets of Porto Santo, Natura 2000 Network Site” (iii) Dissemination of the project results ex situ (in Porto Santo and Madeira Islands), specifically, among other actions, through the organization of 2 workshops for the presentation, discussion and presentation of the results of the project; (iv) publication of a book on the IPS (v) Dissemination of the project results in seminars, electronic conferences, regional meetings and through the publication of articles in regional newspapers and scientific journals (vi) Public-awareness campaign and organisation of two discussion forums related to the subject of the impact of lights on seabirds (vii) Preparation of a layman’s report.
The main concrete Overall project operation and monitoring (E) actions are (i) Monitoring of the project by an internal team, (ii) Monitoring of the project by an Consultive Commission, (iii) Monitoring of the project by a Scientific Commission (iv) Co-ordination between the current project and the Life projects “Safe Island for Seabirds” and “Sustainable Laurisilva” (v) Ensuring the auditing of the project (vi) Preparation of an “After-Life” conservation plan to be implemented after the end of the project (action with no costs).
Fauna malacologica terrestre
Laurissilva da Madeira -Património Mundial
A floresta Laurissilva é detentora de um vasto e rico Património Natural que para além de pertencer a todos os Madeirenses é Património da Humanidade. Foi distinguida sob a égide da UNESCO como Património Mundial Natural, incluída na Rede Natura 2000 como ZEC e ZPE, é Reserva Biogenética do Conselho da Europa e está maioritariamente integrada no Parque Natural da Madeira.
Ver Mais em (http://www.pnm.pt/Àreas Protegidas)