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Portugal – Imperial Eagles’ Habitat Under Threat…

A campaign is underway to limit the destruction about to be visited upon the Portuguese countryside. The process of land and soil clearing in the future Alqueva reservoir area in Southern Portugal already started on the 19th of February. This ongoing process will cause devastating ecological harm, destroying hundreds of thousands of oak trees (including several ancient specimens), and will become the largest ever tree-felling exercise in Europe (over 1.400.000 trees are to be cut). The area is home to many species of endangered animals including many birds such as Imperial Eagles etc. Read on and sign the petition!

Portugal - Alqueva: 139 and not a single meter more!The process of land and soil clearing in the future Alqueva reservoir area in Southern Portugal has started already, on the 19th of February. This ongoing process will cause devastating ecological harm, destroying hundreds of thousands of oak trees (including several ancient specimens), and will become the largest ever tree-felling exercise in Europe (over 1.400.000 trees are to be cut).The area where the reservoir is being built holds a number of important species of fauna (and some endemic flora species), namely Iberian Lynx (Lynx pardina), Otter (Lutra lutra), Black and Griffon vultures (Aegyoius monachus, Gyps fulvus), Golden, Iberian Imperial (a dispersal area for juveniles), Bonelli's, Booted and Short-toed Eagles (Aquila chrysaetus, A. Adalberti, Hieraaetus fasciatus, H. pennatus, Circaetus gallicus), Lesser Kestrel (Falco naummani), Great and Lesser bustards (Otis tarda, Tetrax tetrax), Black-bellied Sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis), Burhinus oedicnemus, Glareola pratincola, Melanocorhypha calandra, Black and White storks (Ciconia nigra, C. ciconia), wintering Cranes (Grus grus), Rufous Bush-chat (Cercotrichas galactotes), Sylvia cantillans, S. conspicillata, Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus) among many other important birds (the total number is near 200 species).
It is still possible to mitigate this disaster, by demanding that the operation of the dam be made initially at a lower level (139 meters above sea level) than is currently envisaged (151 meters), what would reduce the number of trees to be cut to "only" 700.000.If you would like to support this demand, please:

1 - Send an e-mail to as many people as possible
2 - Copy the following text, add your name and send it to the following addresses:pm@pm.gov.pt
ptmineiroa@in ag.pt
envinfo@cec.eu.i nt
jmlms2@excite.comThese addresses are, respectively, for:

The Portuguese Prime Minister
The Portuguese Environment Minister
The Portuguese Agriculture Minister
Secretary of State for the Environment
Secretary of State of Nature Conservation and Land Planning
Secretary of State of Rural Development
President of the Water Institute
EDIA - Public Relations and Communications Officer (the developer of thedam)
President of the European Commission
Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission
Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission Control address for the general mailingcopy everything below:ALQUEVA: COTA 139 - IN FAVOUR OF IMPROVED MANAGEMENT1 - The Alqueva project aims at creating the largest artificial lake in Europe, in Alentejo, a semi-arid region in the South of Portugal2 - The whole project has enormous environmental impacts: 25,000 ha of flooded area, more than one million oak and olive trees felled, destruction of habitats of several endangered species, including the golden eagle, the otter, the Iberian lynx, amongst others.3- These environmental impacts will be felt even in regions away from the reservoir: the water diversion scheme to the Sado basin may endanger the dolphins in the Sado estuary. Coastline and beaches near the mouth of the Guadiana will also be affected by the project.4 - Negative social impacts will also be profound. There will be displacement of rural families, flooding of the village of Luz, changes in the social equilibrium inn the entire region.5 - The economic prospects are, at minimum, worrisome - the development of European Community Agricultural policy towards intensification, coupled with the implementation of the full-cost recovery principle foreseen in the new Water Framework Directive will render most of the irrigation developments in the area unprofitable, thereby rendering useless the storage of water at the levels foreseen by the development.It is still possible to avoid disaster: operating the dam at the level of 139 meters will save the use of almost half of the surface area and over 400,000 trees, as well as diverse habitats, crucial for many different, rare, animal and plant species. It will allow, for an adequate supply of the water needs of the region for the first few years, and a rethink of the project at a more humane scale, compatible with the needs of the local communities.Taking into consideration what has been mentioned previously. We demand a step-by-step management of the reservoir, with the initial stage at 139 meters and that you stop immediately all clearing of land and trees at higher levels.On behalf of the community, the economy and the environment,

(please put your name and country here)The NGO's that are leading this campaign are QUERCUS, LPN, GEOTA, CEAI and SPEA; contacts of the NGO's above mentioned and of people in each of them who are leading the process against Alqueva are listed below.LPN - Liga para a Protec??o da Natureza
Estrada do Calhariz de Benfica,187
1500-124 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: +351 21 778 00 97; fax: 21 778 32 08
Mail: lpn.natureza@mail.telepac.pt
LPN's responsible people:
Eug?nio Sequeira-Phone: +351 96 8029499
Rosa Matos-Phone: +351 21 778 00 97
"Rosa Matos" rosammatos@hotmail.comGEOTA - Grupo de Estudos de Ordenamento do Territ?rio
Travessa do Moinho do Vento, 17 C/v Dta
1200 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: +351 21 395 61 20; fax: 21 395 53 16
Mail: geota@mail.telepac.pt
GEOTA's responsible person:
Joanaz de Melo-Phone: + 351 21 395 61 20
"Joanaz de Melo" jjm@mail.fct.unl.ptQUERCUS - Associa??o Nacional de Conserva??o da Natureza
Rua do Salitre, 139, 3B
1200 Lisboa, Portugal
Phone: + 351 21 353 05 40; fax. + 351 21 778 77 49
Mail: quercus@esoterica.pt
QUERCUS's responsible person:
Francisco Ferreira, Phone: + 351 96 9078564
Jos? Manuel Palma. Phone: + 351 96 615 09 19
"Jos? Paulo Martins" jpmartins@ip.ptFAPAS - Fundo para a Protec??o dos Animais Selvagens
Rua Alexandre Herculano, 371-4? Dto.
4000-197 Porto, Portugal
Phone: + 351 22 200 24 72, fax:+ 351 22 208 74 55CEAI - Centro de Estudos de Avifauna Ib?rica
Prolongamento da Av. Infante D. Henrique, Talh?o 7 R/c
7000 ?vora, Portugal
Phone: + 351 26 678 11 95
Mail: ceai.nest@mail.telepac.pt
CEAI's responsible person:
Miguel Caldeira Pais. Phone: + 351 91 9797001
mcpais@mail.telepac.ptSPEA-Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves
Rua da Vit?ria 53, 3? Esq.
1100-618 Lisboa, PORTUGAL
Phone: + 351 21 3431847 ;Fax +351 21 3225889
e-mail: spea@spea.pt

4th July 2014