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Conservation of nature and protection of biodiversity are priority aspects of the Government, defends Alonso Miguel

Conservation of nature and protection of biodiversity are priority aspects of the Government, defends Alonso Miguel

March 11, 2021

The Regional Secretary of the Environment and Climate Change defended today that “the conservation of nature and the protection of biodiversity are central and priority aspects” for the Government of the Azores.

Alonso Miguel was speaking during a working visit, within the scope of LIFE IP AZORES NATURA, to Lagoa do Negro, as part of a monitoring action on the respective project.

“This is the first integrated project in Portugal and it is the largest conservation project ever streamlined for the Azores,” said the minister, adding that it lasts for nine years and that it means an investment of around 19.1 million euros, with a 60% share from the European Union.

According to the Regional Secretary, the project "covers all the islands of the Azores, with areas at sea and on land, and its main objective is to restore the conservation status of 13 habitats and 24 species of the sites that are inserted in the Natura 2000 Network".

The person responsible for the environment portfolio also defended that LIFE IP AZORES NATURA “is a very large and very interesting project”.

"The conservation of nature and the protection of biodiversity are central aspects, they are priorities, but they require large investments and a lot of technical and scientific knowledge" he stressed.

In this sense, concluded Alonso Miguel, “projects like LIFE IP AZORES NATURA are fundamental and are strategic for the Autonomous Region of the Azores”.

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