Cultural management of Mediterranean forests and silvopastoral systems varies in relation to the objectives that are intended to, and in accordance with the tree species within them. Goals to be achieved can be the production of cork, fruits/seeds, wood, or provision of ecosystem services such as preservation of soil conditions, nutrient cycle, water cycle regulation and supply, biodiversity refuges and carbon sequestration.
Participants are invited to visit a cork oak silvopastoral system and a mosaic of forests with different dominant trees that are managed either for production of cork, wood, seeds and for provision of several ecosystems services.
8:30 – Departure from Évora
8:50 – Visit to the cork oak silvopastoral experimental plot at “Herdade da Mitra” which belongs to the University of Évora. Several scientific research concerning biodiversity, ecological succession, tree growth, forest management, etc. have been developed here.
11:00 – Departure to Vila Nova de Santo André.
12:30 – Picnic in “Monte do Paio”. A lunch bag is included
13:30 – Visit to “Lagoas de Santo André e da Sancha Natural Reserve”. Occupying a 15km-wide coastal sector and 2 to 3 km inland, the Natural Reserve contains several habitats, including deciduous and sclerophyll Mediterranean forests, such as pine forests (Pinus pinaster and P. pinea) located in the dune ecosystems, gallery forests with Salix alba and Populus alba, and oak silvopastoral systems and forests (Quercus suber, Q. faginea).
18:30 – Arrival in Évora