Monchique hosts 1st meeting of its landscape management pilot area

AIGP “Área Piloto de Monchique” stems from the Monchique and Silves Landscape Reorganization and Management Program

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The first publicity meeting of the Integrated Landscape Management Area – Pilot Area of ​​Monchique (AIGP-APM) will take place on Friday, February 3rd, at 18 pm, in the Auditorium of the Manuel do Nascimento School, in Monchique.

During the event, the «main geographical characteristics of the intervention area and the vulnerabilities to rural fires», the «options for the creation of the AIGP-APM Management Entity and the advantages of grouping rural landowners» and the «objectives of transformation of the forest landscape and financial support from the PRR to rural landowners», according to the Monchiquense Chamber.

The session, with free entry, is aimed at all those interested in land integrated into the AIGP, as well as other organized groups and institutions with an interest in rural, agricultural and forestry development in the area of ​​intervention».

The “Monchique Pilot Area” AIGP stems from the Monchique and Silves Landscape Reorganization and Management Program (PRGP SMS), approved in 2020, and has a total funding of 6,4 million euros, for the years 2020 to 2039, resulting from the PDR2020 and the Environmental Fund.

«This AIGP covers the urban center of the village of Monchique, the area of ​​Caldas de Monchique, and some villages are also included, such as the village of Alcaria do Peso, Peso, Cabeça de Águia, Mata Porcas, Pomar Velho, Vale, Ceiceira, Meia Viana, Ginjeira and Barranco do Bath, occupying a continuous area of ​​about 1217,95 hectares», explains the municipality.

«It aims at an integrated territorial approach to respond to the need for planning and managing the landscape and increasing the managed forest area on a scale that promotes resilience to fires, the enhancement of natural capital and the promotion of the rural economy», he adds.

In this area, «the necessary conditions will be created for the development of Integrated Landscape Management Operations (OIGP), to be carried out in a grouped management model under the responsibility of a management entity and supported by a long-term multifund program that provides support for initial investment , maintenance and management actions over time and remuneration for ecosystem services».