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The Forest of the Future

Agora Aveiro celebrated Autochthonous Forest Day with the Good Practices Sharing Forum - “The Forest of the Future”, where professionals in the areas of forest management and public policies gathered to debate the past, present and future challenges of the Portuguese native forest.

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On November 23rd, at 9pm, at the Estarreja Municipal Library, Autochthonous Forest Day was celebrated with the Forum for Sharing Good Practices - The Forest of the Future.

In Ancient Rome, a forum was a place that served as a meeting point for the open discussion of ideas and that is exactly what happened. In an informal and relaxed environment, 3 speakers from the areas of forestry management and policies came together to share their experiences and discuss the challenges that Portuguese native forests face.

We had with us Dr. João Torres, senior researcher at ForestWISE; Luís Sarabando, technical director and coordinator of the Associação Florestal do Baixo Vouga and president of PEFC Portugal; and Dr. Elisabete Figueiredo, principal investigator on the ShareFOREST project.

Over the course of 2 hours, which seemed to fly by, the library space became a fertile ground for exchanging ideas. The conversation flowed like a river, exploring not only the future of forests but also their past and present because, at the end of the day, we cannot move forward and evolve without looking back at what is behind us. When we think about the Forest of the Future, it is inevitable to talk about its responsible management because, in addition to planting, it is also necessary to know how to care for it. This process does not happen without people's participation and it is essential to continue to sow and cultivate this connection between the community and nature. Each and every one of us can and must play an active role in building a more sustainable future for forests!

After a captivating conversation, participants were able to recharge with seasonal fruit offered by Cesta Cheia.

This action was organized within the scope of the “Plantar o Futuro” project, which is organized by Agora Aveiro in collaboration with the Universidade de Aveiro and Município de Estarreja. It has Glicínias Plaza as “Main Partner”, RODI Industries, Floema and Caetano Auto as “Golden Partners” and SIRO - Substratos Profissionais, Casa Martelo and  Cesta Cheia as “Silver Partners”. It is carried out in partnership with the Comissão de Faina de Biologia, Departamento de Biologia da Universidade de Aveiro, Núcleo de Estudantes de Biologia - AAUAv, Faina Académica, Associação Académica da Universidade de Aveiro and Exodus Aveiro Fest. It also has the support of the Município de Aveiro, Programa "Voluntariado Jovem para a Natureza e Florestas" and IPDJ - Instituto Português do Desporto e Juventude, I.P..

Ana Filipa Rodrigues