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Information: Five Azorean Wonders official song presented in Ponta Delgada
The Regional Secretary for Economy has been at the 5 Azorean Wonders official song presentation, in Ponta Delgada, on Friday afternoon. The song is called “Puro Açores” and is performed by the Portuguese band The Gift. At the time, Vasco Cordeiro highlighted the association of the band The Gift, one of the most important and representative of the new Portuguese pop music, to the ... more >>

Information: Environmental trails of Faial ready to welcome visitors
Six environmental trails on Faial Island are now ready to welcome visitors – Descida da Caldeira, Perímetro da Caldeira, Levadas, Capelo-Capelinhos, Capelinhos Volcano and 10 Volcanoes. Only in the case of the Descida da Caldeira trail, visitors must be accompanied by a Guide from the Island Natural Park. However, the safety and information level is higher when visitors are accompanied ... more >>

Information: Pressure on whale watching reduced
By decision of the Regional Secretariat for the Environment and the Sea, no further licences for the audiovisual record of cetaceans in the months of July and August this year will be issued. This decision was essentially motivated by the presence of young dolphins and sperm whales in the Azores and the effects of this activity on them. “The licenses already issued correspond to investments... more >>

Information: “7 Natural Wonders of Portugal” ceremony promotes the Azores associated to nature tourism
Regardless the Azorean candidates, the “7 Natural Wonders of Portugal” ceremony justifies the commitment of the Regional Government in this event, as it will enhance the external visibility of the Azores, simultaneously promoting nature tourism which is one of the Region’s assets, said the Secretary for the Economy. Vasco Cordeiro attended a press conference held in Sete Cidades ... more >>

Information: Risso’s dolphin born south of Pico Island
The Regional Secretariat for the Environment and the Sea informs that a newborn Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus) was found south of Pico Island. To ensure the protection of marine mammals, one should remind the need to strictly comply with the rules for cetacean watching. Whenever a group with young dolphins is sighted, boats must keep a safe distance. Any approach to this baby dolphin or a... more >>

Information: Government moves ahead with the operationalisation of the Pico Island Natural Park
The Government of the Azores has decided to move ahead immediately with the operationalisation of the Pico Island Natural Park, the second to be created following the Faial Island Park. The announcement by the Regional Secretary for the Environment and the Sea on Wednesday during a visit to one of the most emblematic sites of the Pico island park- the highest mountain in Portugal. Álamo Menes... more >>

Information: Volcanic caves of the Azores will have sectoral plan
The Government of the Azores announced on the island of Pico on Wednesday that will draft a Sectoral Plan for the Volcanic Caves of the Autonomous Region of the Azores.The measure, approved by the Council of the Government, aims to stipulate guidelines for the land management of the volcanic caves, crevices and erosion caves of the archipelago in order to protect its ecological aesthetic, scientif... more >>

Information: Azores prepare revision of legislation on nature conservation
There is an ongoing revision process concerning the legislation framework on nature conservation and biodiversity in the Region, the Regional Secretary for the Environment and the Sea on Pico on Monday. Álamo Meneses spoke at the end of a meeting with the Nature Conservation Service and stressed that the Azores have “a great responsibility” in these matters and therefore this legi... more >>

Information: Six natural parks already operational
Six of the ten natural parks created by the Government of the Azores are already structured and ready to fulfil its educational and recreational functions. The announcement was made on Friday by the Regional Secretary for the Environment and the Sea at the presentation of the Faial Island Park, a unit that served a test for the implementation of this initiative. Of the nine island parks, to wh... more >>

Information: Graciosa Geosites Charter published
The Graciosa Geosites Charter has just been published by the University of the Azores. This edition was developed under the Azores Geopark Project, counting upon the support of the Government of the Azores, through the Regional Secretariat for the Environment and the Sea. The aforementioned charter contains the characterisation of the nine geosites located on that island classified as a Biosphere... more >>

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