"Temporary Ponds: a natural habitat to be protected!"

The public session for the presentation of LIFE charcos took place on the 27th of February, 2014,  in Odemira and was attended by over 70 participants.

The Presentation of LIFE Charcos "Conservation of Mediterranean Temporary Ponds of the southwest coast of Portugal" was held in the auditorium of the Mira Beneficiaries Association, a partner of this project, in Odemira, on February 27th, 2014, acting as the event official public launch of the project.

With this session was intended to make known its objectives, actions and expected results, and the uniqueness and importance of this habitat and its species, and still allow the exchange of ideas and answer questions from participants and key legend in the theme of conservation of temporary ponds.

This event included the opening session, with the presence of:
  •    Miguel Geraldes, from the national leadership of LPN;
  •    Rui Pingo, administrator of the University of Évora;
  •     José Alberto Guerrero, Mayor of Odemira;
  •    José Santos Silva, President of the Board of Mira Beneficiaries Association
  •     Margarida Cristo, representing the Rector of the University of Algarve.

After the opening session were carried out several presentations to contextualize the project (which will later be available on the project website):

  •     Project Presentation - Rita Alcazar, LPN
  •     Biodiversity of CTM:
    •         Flora - Carla Pinto Cruz, UÉvora
    •         Fauna Crustaceans - Margarida Cristo, UAlg
    •         Vertebrate Fauna - Paulo Sá Sousa, UÉvora
    •         Hydrogeological context - José Paulo Monteiro, UAlg

The session ended with a field visit to a temporary pond where we observed some features and unique species of this habitat as some great branquiópodes (including Tanymastix stagnalis, a fairy shrimp), amphibians (such as Lissotriton boscai and tadpoles of Cultripes pelobates and Epidalea calamita) and plants such as Eryngium corniculatum and Isoetes sp. .

The session was attended by over 70 participants, in addition to the project partners. The number of participants, as well as the diversity of represented entities (ICNF, SEPNA, agricultural, municipal councils and parish councils, NGO's, owners, farmers, schools, etc.), demonstrated the interest and expectations created by the Project.

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The LIFE Charcos Project was presented to farmers, tourism promoters and civil society in Vila Nova de Milfontes, ina a Public Clarification Session.

The public presentation of LIFE Charcos took place on 11th of March 2015 in Vila Nova de Milfontes, at the borough Council building. It was organized by LPN and partners CMO and ABM.

The main goal of this session was to promote the importance of temporary ponds conservation and the biodiversity associated with them. The LIFE Charcos project is intervening in this southwestern region of Portugal to promote the protection of this special habitat which its conservation is threatened. With this session it was possible to share experiences, opinions and inquiries about the conservation of this habitat.

It also included a visit to a nearby temporary pond.

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Took place another Public Clarification Session to present LIFE Charcos to farmers, tourism promoters and civil society with the aim to explain how the Project is intervening in this region in order to promote the protection of temporary ponds.

The LPN - Liga para a Protecção da Natureza and the Municipality of Vila do Bispo, with the support of partners of the LIFE Charcos project, namely ABM and UAlg, have organized a public session to Present the Project LIFE Charcos "Conservation Temporary Ponds in the southwest coast of Portugal ", held in the afternoon of December 13th, 2015, in Vila do Bispo Interpretation Center.

During the presentation, the coordinator of the project, Artur Lagartinho, explained the importance of conservation of Temporary Ponds existing in the region and presented the actions developed by the project. This initiative was intended for the general public, farmers and tourism promoters. During the session, the 30 participants were able to ask questions about the conservation of this habitat and shared experiences.

In the field trip to a pond near Vila do Bispo it was possible for the about 30 participants, to observe and have direct contact with some of the most emblematic species of fauna of the ponds in this county. The researchers Margarida Cristo and Margarida Machado of the University of Algarve gathered and demonstrated the various species of large branchiopods crustaceans and some amphibians present in the visited pond.

The satisfaction expressed by those present was very interresting through the direct contact with some of these species such as Triops vicentinus (kind of tadpole-shrimp that exists only in the Algarve with special representation in Vila do Bispo Municipality) and several fairy-shrimps. Even the owner of the land was in the pond and took part of the visit. He was surprised by the number and diversity of species of living beings present in his pond, which he was unaware. At the end all the animals were again returned alive to their natural habitat!

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 Another public clarification session was held in Almograve for the presentation and discussion of LIFE Charcos Project, in order to explain to local population how it will affect Odemira region regarding the protection of Temporary Ponds.


A public presentation and discussion session of the LIFE Charcos Project: "Conservation of the Temporary Ponds on the Southwest Coast of Portugal" was held at the Youth Hostel in Almograve (Odemira county), which took place on the afternoon of April 9th, 2016, organized by various partners of the project.

During the presentation, the coordinator of the project, Artur Lagartinho, explained the importance of the conservation of temporary ponds in this region and presented the actions to be developed by the project. This initiative was aimed at the general population and farmers. During the session, some of the concrete management measures of this habitat were presented, where the participants could clarify doubts about the interventions that aim at the conservation of this habitat and share opinions.

During the field visit to several ponds near Longueira and Almograve, participants were able to observe and have direct contact with some of the most characteristic plants species of this habitat. There was also time to discuss some of the threats to conservation and the concrete measures planned for the restoration of the ponds visited.

Researcher Carla Pinto Cruz, from the University of Évora, explained the dynamics of the vegetation of the temporary ponds and how the interventions in the field can promote a better state of conservation of that habitat.

It was interesting to note the concerns of farmers to reconcile the conservation of this priority habitat with their agricultural practices, recognizing the high ecological value of this habitat and the role that farmers have in preserving these natural habitats.

During the afternoon snack in the end of the session program, there was also an opportunity to continue the discussion and exchange of ideas, where the participants were able to talk with the researchers and technicians of the project, clarifying some doubts that had not yet been addressed.

These sessions of clarification of the LIFE Charcos Project are fundamental to reach the conservation of this habitat. In this way it is possible to raise awareness of its existence, raise awareness in the community in general and discuss with the farmers the solutions proposed for their preservation, since it is in their land that most of the temporary ponds are located.

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