Matela- an Island of Biodiversity


by Fundação Gaspar Frutuoso and Grupo da Biodiversidade dos Açores

Fundação Gaspar Frutuoso (FGF) was created in 1999 by the University of Azores to support the scientific and technological activity of the institution by managing research projects led by UAc professors and researchers. Recognized as a public utility organization by the regional government of the Azores in 2012, the FGF’s trained technical team works together with the university’s science management structures to efficiently respond to regional, national, and European funding challenges and opportunities.

Grupo da Biodiversidade dos Açores was a regional center recognized by the Azorean Science Research Council and the University of Azores. Between 2008 and 2014, the ABG conducted research on oceanic islands to understand how human activities and natural processes interact under global changes. The ABG now belongs to the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Ghange(cE3c), based in Lisbon, which aims to address societal challenges in ecology, evolution, and the environment. The cE3c has 20 integrated members with Ph.D.s, and research questions will be addressed at both the continental and insular scales.

Project Description

The project aims at the conservation and environmental restoration of the Protected Area for the Management of Habitats or Species of Matela (Terceira Island, Azores).

The Project’s goals are:

1. Update the state of knowledge of the biodiversity of Matela, obtaining new data and comparing them with historical data.

2. Monitor the state of biodiversity for several biological groups throughout the project’s duration prepare a monitoring scheme for the future.

3. Initiate environmental restoration of the area.

4. Apply for a trail, “Roteiro da Biodiversidade da Matela”, to the official entities responsible for footpaths in the Azores.

5. Create a Living Lab for long-term research (“Living Lab Matela”)

Key Ecosystems

Laurisilva Forest (Laurus azorica)

Key Species

Mediterranean Cypress (Juniperus oxycedrus)

Project Managers
Paula A.V. Borges and Rosalina Gabriel

Responsible Associates
Paulo Azevedo and Pedro Castro

Place of action
Terceira Island, Azores

Implementation period
26 months
(December 2022 to February 2024)

€ 22.000

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