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Energy Efficiency and Nature Conservation Experts Come to Madeira

On October the 3rd and 4th, Funchal will host the 3rd INTERREG LuMinAves Workshop – a conservation project for seabirds, whose partners in the region are the Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA) and the Institute of Forests and Nature Conservation. Seabirds, energy efficiency and the role of environmental volunteering will be the topics under discussion among the twenty experts from Madeira, the Azores and the Canaries.

The event will include a session open to the public on October 3rd  at the Auditorium of the Regional Secretariat of Equipment and Infrastructure.  The presentation will discuss the main results of the project, as well as themes related to the conservation of seabirds and energy efficiency. This session will also recognise the volunteers and entities who have worked hard during the ten years of the ‘Save a Seabird Campaign.’  There will also be a guided tour of the historic centre of Santa Cruz, which aims to make people aware of the municipality’s energy efficiency programme.  A second session will take place at the Cristo Rei viewpoint in Santa Cruz, on the 4th at 6 pm.

On October the 4th, the project team, together with representatives of the municipalities and the Madeira, Azores and Canaries energy companies, will get together to discuss a ‘defining’ strategy for mitigating light pollution for the whole of the Macaronesia. This strategy is an important step, as minimising light pollution, will not only reduce its adverse effect on thousands of birds annually, it will help reduce its harmful contribution to climate change as well as promote energy efficiency.

Since 2017, the INTERREG LuMinAves project aims to reduce the harmful effects of artificial light on the Macaronesian seabird population. Over the last three years, experts from Madeira, the Azores and the Canaries have joined together to improve their knowledge and work together to reduce the mortality of one of the worlds most endangered animal groups.

Samantha Gannon

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Madeira Weekly