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The Ministry of the Environment, through the Environmental Fund, funds nature conservation through 16 projects, totalling over one million euros.

The LuMinAves – a bird conservation project whose partners in Madeira are the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA) and the Institute of Forests and Nature Conservation – is the only regional project that will benefit from this fund.

It should be noted that the Environment Minister, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, chaired this Wednesday, September 19, at 3:00 p.m., in Largo do Senhora do Salto, in Paredes, at the Signing Ceremony of the Protocols of the Environmental Fund within the scope of Nature Conservation and Biodiversity. The Secretary of State for Spatial Planning and Nature Conservation, Célia Ramos, was also present.

With the objectives of improving knowledge and conservation status of the country’s natural heritage and biodiversity, this notice addressed to Non-Governmental Organizations of the Environment, Municipalities and Intermunicipal Communities registered 22 applications, of which 16 were selected for funding, totalling more than EUR 1 million.

In the region, LuMinAves, a project to reduce the harmful effects of artificial light on the populations of seabirds in Macaronesia, has a funding of 12,600 euros to support the actions developed by the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA) among them, the census and tracking of seabird colonies, the inventory of the main sources of light pollution and actions of environmental education developed throughout the region.

This support is essential for the conservation of the natural heritage of Madeira. In a scenario of lack of regional funds, support such as the Environmental Fund – although small considering the magnitude of the actions carried out – is crucial to ensure these projects where European funds are dependent on local co-financing, “says Cátia Gouveia, coordinator of SPEA in Madeira. From JM