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Motorcyclists Help With Ecological Footprint

The Madeira Motorcycling Association has established a partnership with the Institute of Forests and Nature Conservation (IFCN) in order to carry out a shared management of 1,000 m2 of land located on the Caminho dos Pretos, an area included in the fire break strip and which crosses the areas overlooking the city of Funchal.

The agreement was established between the regional secretary for Agriculture and Environment, Rafaela Fernandes, the President of the IFCN, Manuel Filipe, and the President of the Madeira Motorcycling Association, Colin Ferreira.

According to Colin Ferreira, this is a way for the association to contribute to the reduction of its ecological footprint.

This type of action is part of the Carbon Offset project, of the Regional Secretariat for Agriculture and Environment, which aims, within the scope of a growing policy of environmental responsibility and adaptation to climate change, to allow interested entities to reduce their ecological footprint, by offsetting the carbon emitted into the atmosphere as a result of their activity.

In a statement, Rafaela Fernandes recalls that “in a proactive way to combat and mitigate climate change, land grants are being made available in the peri-urban strip of the city of Funchal for the implementation of good forest management practices, and there are already some interventions carried out within the scope of this initiative.”

As part of the agreement signed, the Regional Government cedes spaces to the Madeira Motorcycling Association to carry out the activities promoted within the scope of the Supermoto School.

It was further established the loan of the Agricultural School of Madeira, in São Vicente, for the promotion of awareness and road safety training.

Samantha Gannon

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