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Information: Government concluded the largest afforestation action with endemic species in the Azores
The Regional Secretariat for Agriculture and Forestry has completed the afforestation of a of a 15,000 square meter area with Picconia azorica, an Azorean endemic tree known since the discovery of the archipelago, which produces a highly valuable wood, of a “pinkish white” colour, being extremely hard and heavy with multiple applications, particularly in artistic furniture. This proje... more >>

Information: Over two thousand trees have been planted by regional roads
One and a half million Euros is amount to be invested by the Government, through the Regional Secretariat for Science, Technology and Infrastructures (SRCTE), in the landscape integration project of the regional road network this year. José Contente participated in an initiative to plant medium and large trees by the Fenais da Luz regional road in the municipality of Ponta Delgada on Tuesday... more >>

Information: Entity for the Regulation of Water and Waste Services created in the Azores
The Azorean Parliament approved on Thursday, by proposal of the Government, the creation of Entity for the Regulation of Water and Waste Services in the Azores (ERSARA), a legal person under public law with legal personality, administrative and financial autonomy. Subject to the supervision and administration of the Regional Secretariat for the Environment, the ERSARA carry out the regulatory fun... more >>

Information: Last containers with tire liabilities in the Azores closed
By initiative of the Secretariat for the Environment and the Sea, the export of used tires began on São Miguel in June 2007. A total of 5,400 tonnes of hazardous waste liabilities have been removed from the entire archipelago since then. The tires were fragmented, containerised and sent for recycling in Mainland Portugal. This action has allowed the removal of 3061 tonnes of used tires on S&... more >>

Information: Wetlands explained at the University of the Azores
With the celebration of the World Wetlands Day on February 2, the growing importance of these ecosystems in the Azores, which was emphasised the by the celebration of the International Year of Biodiversity this year, and the need to raise the awareness for the services rendered by them, the Applied Vegetal Ecology Study Group (GEVA) of the University of the Azores has decided to organise a Worksho... more >>

Information: Training course on Biosphere Reserve
The Regional Secretariat for the Environment and the Sea is promoting training courses on the Regional Information System on Waste (SRIR) on the Biosphere islands of the archipelago - Graciosa, Flores and Corvo – in the months of January and February. Being the International Year for Biodiversity, these training courses aim to promote the preservation of environmental quality and, subsequent... more >>

Information: Horta hosts national final of the 15th Environment Olympiads
Being held in the International Year of Biodiversity, the 15th edition of the Environment Olympiads will start with a reason to celebrate: the largest school participation since its first edition in 1994. After the end of the registration period, it was possible to determine a total 724 school registrations distributed by the three categories comprised by this ambitious project. “The Millenn... more >>

Information: Approval of PROTA is the culmination of fundamental process for regional planning
The upcoming approval of the Regional Spatial Planning of the Azores (PROTA) by the Legislative Assembly is the “culmination of a process” that is fundamental in the framework of the planning system in the archipelago.This is the assessment of the Regional Secretary for the Environment and the Sea, Álamo Meneses, who was heard on Wednesday by the Commission of Parliamentary Affair... more >>

Information: Azorean hydrothermal vents classified as Sites of Community Interest
The European Union has recently included the hydrothermal vents located in the Azorean sea on the list of Sites of Community Interest (pSCI) of the biogeographic region of Macaronesia. The two hydrothermal vents – “Menez Gwen,” with an area of ten thousand hectares, and “Lucky Strike,” with an area of over nineteen thousand hectares – were proposed by the Azores... more >>

Information: Government supports project of the IMAR Centre
The Government of the Azores has allocated a subsidy 68,000 Euros to the Centre of the Institute of Marine Research (IMAR) to support the project “Rede Experimental de Educação para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável do Ambiente Marinho dos Açores” (Experimental Education Network for the Sustainable Development of the Marine Environment of the Azores).An ordinance of the... more >>

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