Biodiversity in forests: far beyond our gaze
Most life on Earth is to be found in forests, states the report “The State of the World’s Forests 2022” by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), which also points out that biodiversity is at its most extensive in forests, not only in terms of species diversity, but also in terms of genetic and ecosystem variety.
How important is biodiversity?
In nature, all forms of life perform functions that contribute to the balance of ecosystems and to the continuity of life cycles that we often take for granted. The maintenance and regulation of these balances suffices to explain the importance of biodiversity.
More bees with shelter and food in Navigator forests
There are more bees with shelter and food in Navigator forests. In 2017, the first five beekeepers had already installed their hives on company land and the presence of pollinators has been increased since 2020, thanks to an agreement with the National Federation of Beekeepers of Portugal (FNAP).
Arbutus berries harvest: reviving traditions in Monchique
In the forests of Águas Alves, Monchique, arbutus berries are harvested by many hands. When autumn sets in and the branches of the strawberry trees grow reddish clusters of fruit, the patrons of the Santa Casa de Misericórdia de Monchique come out to remember times past and, as they share memories and stories, the baskets are filled with fruit.