Monday, 07 December 2009 17:51Porto Santo has applied to join UNESCO’s Network of Geoparks, based on its rich geological, biological and cultural heritage. If this application is successful it will be the 2nd Geopark in Portugal. The depositing of marine formations gave rise to Porto Santo’s 6 mile long beach with its fine, soft sand, among other natural phenomena such as the 19 million years of volcanic activity which has left unique marks on the geological panorama of the main island and its islets. Gaining this status would be of great importance for the island, as it would bring a new dynamic to its developing tourism sector, while at the same time creating greater environmental awareness and greater economic development. The European Geopark Network includes 33 members from 12 countries; there are approximately 53 Geoparks worldwide.
Friday, 04 December 2009 18:39
Wednesday, 02 December 2009 17:40cork production, the majority of which comes directly from the Alentejo plain. Given its renewability, non polluting, non toxic and natural properties such as breathability, cork still holds a great advantage over other synthetic and plastic substitutes used in the preservation and production of wine. The Whistler Tree is the oldest and largest productive cork tree in the world. This magnificent cork oak, found in Águas de Moura in the Alentejo region, was named for the whistling sound it produced due to the high number of songbirds living in its mighty branches. The Whistler was planted in 1783, and measures 45 feet high with a circumference of almost 15 feet. The tree was harvested for the first time in 1820, and twenty times since then. Cork trees are harvested every nine years, where every part that is taken gets used in some way, leaving no waste. Harvesting does not harm the tree and is carried out manually. The procedure is similar to peeling a banana. In 1991 the Whistler harvest produced 1200Kg of bark, good for more than 100,000 wine bottle corks. This amount is more than most trees produce in a lifetime. The cork tree population worldwide helps offset ten million tons of carbon in the atmosphere, each year. Compare that to the amount of carbon polluting the air in the production process of plastic cork. The cork trees in Portugal are the natural nesting habitat to the local population of white storks or cegonhas throughout the river estuaries and grasslands of Portugal.
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 16:25www.recorkamerica.com or www.savemiguel.com
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 17:37Countdown 2010" initiative working to reduce the current rate of loss of biological diversity by the year 2010. According to its declaration of purpose, this network's goal is that “all governments and members of civil society, at every level, take the necessary acts to halt the loss of biodiversity by 2010”. This initiative proposes to pass from words to acting by introducing the challenge: “Ten Things That We Can All Do That Make A Difference”. And drinking wine sealed with cork is one of them. The oak cork, as the main product of a sustainable industry, allows the conservation of the “montado” (cork oak forest) and the survival of animal and vegetable species living in this habitat. Note that the “montado” is, for example, home to species in danger of extinction, as is the case of the Iberian Lince. Countdown 2010 is a powerful network of active partners working together to achieve the 2010 biodiversity target. Each partner commits to additional efforts in tackling the loss of biodiversity. The secretariat of this organization is hosted by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), facilitating, encouraging and promoting action towards the 2010 target.
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