Following detailed blueprints and administrative licensing required, the University of Évora has recently launched the Open Tender for the construction works related to the pilot fish passes foreseen with the LIFE ÁGUEDA project.
The TOR and all technical and administrative documents are available for consultation - an presentation of bids - on the public contracting platform ACINGOV. Thus, if your are interested or aware of someone that may be interested, do consultate them online. The call for tenders has been launched on the 20 January and 45 days are available before the deadline.
LIFE ÁGUEDA's works have been presented on today's webinar of ' the ongoing project COOPERMINHO, which is lead by the Municipality of Vila Nova de Cerveira and has for main aims to contribute for sustainable management and valuation of fisheries in the river Minho, in the North of Portugal.
On its presentation, Pedro Raposo de Almeida, LIFE ÁGUEDA's coordinator, has set a major focus on the ongoing works for reestablishment of river continuity, mitigation of existing barriers and other threats faced along the river and on the management and economic valuation of migrating fish fisheries.
Águeda has been recently selected by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts, as one of the 88 towns of "Class A" cities that, throughout the world, are leading environmental performance, according to that NGO.
In 2020, the "Class A" cities represent a global population of over 125 million. To attain this recognition, a city has to publicly register, at community scale, a GHG inventory, define targets for reduction of emmissions and the related risk and vulnerability analysis, and approve a climate action plan for mitigation and adaptation.
Águeda has been selected for having and undertaking a robust strategy to identify, act, limit and reduce GHG emmissions, assess and mitigate climate risks, as well as reporting such information on a transparent way on its reporting. This includes the ongoing interventions on river restoration, as well as on environmental education and public awareness works, that are being undertaken as part of the LIFE ÁGUEDA project.
For more information on the 88 "class A" cities, https://www.cdp.net/en/cities/cities-scores.
As part of the overall program of SNEI (the National Week on Invasive Alien Species, organized for the first time this year), the project team from Municipality of Águeda promoted two actions at October 10th, focusing on Acacia spp., which are currently a major environmental and nature conservation threat throughout Portugal.These IAS have a very hostile life cycle regarding native flora, and constitute a serious obstacle for the conservation of riparian habitats. Wildfires promotes the presence of such species, at the extreme point of growing monospecific woods with the consequent loss of biodiversity.
Staff elements from the company that will carry out LIFE ÁGUEDA's interventions to control AIS on the banks of the Águeda River participated in a training workshop to build capacity and improve their skills on the adequate techniques to apply. This "hands-on" workshop had a strong practical component in which participants set into practice techniques like ring barking and hand pulling, as well as the identification of existing IAS on site.
The municipality of Águeda promoted today a workshop targetting the coordinators of the "Eco-schools" and "Science Clubs" from Águeda's schools, where the "River Lab" under construction in the Aguieira stream has been presented.
This riparian ecossystem is under restoration works that use nature-based solutions, which complement those also foreseen by hte Municipality with the LIFE ÁGUEDA project on other stream/river stretches from river Águeda's watershed.
The challenge launched today, on national water day, is that schools engage on learning more about the concepts underlying the installation of these living labs, as well as on the river stretch on which it is being settled and on riparian ecossystems as a whole.
Àgueda's mayor reinforced the relevant role that teachers may play on engaging students for sustainable water management and for conservation of riparian ecossystems and their water accross the municipality.
EASME, the agency that manages the LIFE Programme on behalf of the European Commission, informs that a public consultation on the new European Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change is open. The period for public consultation started on May 4, 2020 and will continue until August 20, 2020. If you want to make your contribution, you can access it through the link:
Researchers from MARE and the University of Évora, who are part of the LIFE ÁGUEDA team, are co-authors of a work recently published in the magazine Marine Policy, under the project An@dromos.PT. They explored, through surveying fishing communities , the results of participatory management of anadromous species fishing that has been carried out in Mondego, in works that preceded those that LIFE ÁGUEDA has underway in the Vouga basin. Similar to the ongoing process, fishermen, researchers and authorities have also collaborated for several years in the Mondego to assess the yearly state of the populations and the fishing effort, leading each year to joint decisions for the following fishing season.
The work now published, made available online on June 5, analyses perceptions of changes in environmental and socio-economic conditions, opinions on rules and usefulness of annual meetings, also allowing comparisons between fishing communities in different areas of the Mondego estuary.
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The ongoing works led by the Municipality of Águeda within LIFE ÁGUEDA have been recently ranked in second on a national prize for Best Practices in Participation, together with other 5 finalists outcoming from Lisbon, Azores, Funchal and Cascais.
The juri, which included elements from the Secretary of State for Inovation and Administrative Modernization, as well as academics and NGO's, will allow, from now, for the Municipality to use a Best Practice Label. Also, this will allow to pass towards the final stage of the award, which will be based on public vote.
For more information (in PT), check the site of Câmara Municipal de Águeda.
The prototype mobile registry and sales unit that has been created with LIFE ÁGUEDA has been in action throughout this fishing season, labelling several fish with the project's label. Market sales of these fish have followed, and it may have been the case that you have contacted with any of them. Was that the case? If so let us know!
Leveraging other foreseen and ongoing communication and dissemination works, the Municipality of Águeda and the University of Évora have recently concluded and placed the first project noticeboard, nearby the Águeda river.
This first pannel, to be soon followed by others to install along an interpretative trail dediacted to the project, has been placed in the urban area of Águeda, on a high visibility setting, nearby the former facilities from the Institute of Wine and Vineyards.
New editions of the activity "let´s fish like scientists" have been promoted between the 28th June and the 5th July in the Redonda River Park, as part of the school hollydays program "Hollydays on the move".
The municipality of Águeda, with the support of MARE /Universidade de Évora, have raised awareness of the young for the relevance of river continuity for migrating fish. Participants had also the opportunity to get information on the river fish biodiversity, observe technicques for field monitoring of fish and, overall, discuss solutions for sustainable river management.
The LIFE ÁGUEDA is this week on a networking visit to LIFE Unlocking the Severn LIFE (LIFE 15 NAT/UK/000219), a project that will restore about 253 km of river habitat to allow for continuity for sage (Alosa fallax) progression.
First days of work were dedicated to know the existing weirs in Upper Lode (Gloucester) and Maisemore (Tewksbury) - where sage where being monitored on their progression along the river -, technical discussion of the fish passes being proposed for rivers Severn and overall share of experiences and knowledge about main constraints associated with this type of works.
The visit was also an opportunity for ideas exchange about the awareness raising gallery that will be included on one of the fish passes and ways to promote its public use for dissemination, works on which LIFE ÁGUEDA team has already considerable experience, gathered with the solutions used in the Mondego river.
In Severn, like in Vouga and Águeda, the main aim is to improve the river conditions for migratory fish, so that all can benefit from these improved resources!
Under a tight cooperation between the teams of AQUALOGUS, University of Évora / MARE and the Mora Fluviarium, a set of 3D physical models representing naturalized and technical fish passes is nearby conclusion.
As foreseen in the project works, these physical models will soon integrate a new exhibition module about the LIFE ÁGUEDA's targets, developments and outputs that will be set on the Mora Fluviarium, allowing for increasing public awareness raising and environmental education works with its visitors.
The project team was today on the 2019 edition of "Lisbon Fish & Flavours".
In addition to highlighting the use of fish marked with the Origin Seal created with the project works, visitors had the chance to taste delicious recipes of shad and sea lamprey provided by Chef Luís Machado, on ashowcooking promoted by project partner DOCAPESCA.
With the migratory fish season for fisheries underway, the project team has recently concluded one more concrete work towards supporting sustainable fishing in the Vouga river basin, targetting especially the sea lamprey and the shad.
University of Évora and DOCAPESCA have this week started to tagg fish cuaght with following sustainable practices with a specific "origin seal" that was developped as part of the project works. The seal carries the LIFE logo, as well as the certificate of compliance on fish sale following legal procedures, as well as specific mention to its Vouga river origin.
On the 18th February the teams from the Mora Fluviarium and the Municipality of Águeda have promoted the first sessions of the "River goes to school" environmental education program, with which LIFE ÁGUEDA seeks to raise local awareness on river conservation and communicate the project actions towards local students. The program will account with continuous work untill the project end, targetting schools from CIRA, the Aveiro Region Intermunicipal Community.
These first sessions embraced about 84 children from the municipality of Águeda, including students from 2 local schools. The deployed activities, directed at river conservation and riverine habitats understanding, aloowed for knowledge sharing and raising curiosity among participants.
The team from the Mora Fluviarium was today in schools of the municipality of Redondo, communicating the project's goals and raising awareness about the species targeted, problemas faced and how to overpass them.
On the 7th December, at the facilities of Municipality of Águeda, the first meeting of the project's Stakeholder Board took place. With a larger audience than expected, which included public, private and civil society organizations, this first meeting allowed to present the project's developments and expected results, with an emphasis on the works to occur along 2019.
The discussion period included an interested and participated question and answer process, which allowed to confirm a global consensus on the project aims, and to identify new perspectives for cooperation with the project works.
Among the activities that marked this year, a little around the world, the World Migratory Fishery Day, a visit was organized to the fish pass of Açude da Formoselha on April 21, under the project "LIFE Águeda - Actions of conservation and management of migratory fish in the Vouga watershed "(LIFE16 ENV / PT / 000411), which was followed up by researchers from the University of Évora / MARE. The fish pass of Açude da Formoselha was built in 2015 on the Mondego river, under the project "Rehabilitation of diadromous fish habitats in the Mondego watershed", one of four passages for naturalized fish built in this basin to restore river connectivity and allow the migratory movements of the fish that occur in it.