Quem somos

A Associação Transumância e Natureza (ATN) é uma entidade sem fins lucrativos, criada em 2000, em Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, distrito da Guarda.
O nome desta associação deriva da fundação internacional que lhe deu origem (Transhumance and Nature Foundation), servindo para fazer menção à extinta actividade da transumância (prática ancestral de condução dos rebanhos ao longo percursos de grande distância, que permitia a diversificação do coberto vegetal e a manutenção do bom estado das pastagens). 
A ATN tem como objetivo conservar os espaços naturais do vale do Côa, preservando a sua fauna e flora.


Visão
Criar espaços para a natureza.
Missão

Conservar, valorizar, conhecer e divulgar o património natural do Nordeste de Portugal, pela via da sustentabilidade e com a participação da comunidade, através da gestão e da protecção de áreas naturais.
Objectivos
  • Alcançar a conservação de espécies e habitats em áreas naturais;
  • Garantir a sustentação económica/rentabilidade dos projectos de conservação da natureza;
  • Contribuir para o dinamismo económico e social da região.

As actividades principais da ATN são nas seguintes áreas:
  • Estudo e conservação da fauna e flora da bacia dos vales do Côa, Águeda e Douro;
  • Sensibilização e Educação ambiental;
  • Elaboração e Implementação de projectos ambientais de desenvolvimento rural (agrícolas, pecuários, florestais e cinegéticos) compatíveis com a conservação da natureza;
  • Apoio técnico nas áreas de produção e protecção florestal sustentável a prestar aos sócios produtores florestais;
  • Valorização, recuperação e promoção de património cultural, arquitectónico e arqueológico da região;
  • Estabelecimento de parcerias com organizações nacionais e internacionais;
  • Divulgação ambiental e científica;
  • Formação profissional.


Who we are

The Associação Transumância e Natureza (ATN) is an environmental NGO, created in 2000, at Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, Guarda District, in the northeastern part of Portugal. Its mission is to conserve, value, study and promote the natural heritage of Northeast Portugal, through sustainability and community participation, by managing and protecting natural areas. ATN’s aims are to achieve species and habitat conservation in natural areas; to guarantee economical sustainability of nature conservation projects; to contribute to economic and social dynamism of the region.
Man’s long history in the Côa valley has been essential for the high natural values present now. Ample presence of cliff breeding birds led to the designation of a 20 000 ha Natura 2000 area. Namely Bonelli’s Eagle, Egyptian Vulture, Black Stork, Eagle Owl, Golden Eagle and Griffon Vulture. Their conservation starts while recognizing the human related processes that led to their abundance. However, great changes in today’s society, such as land abandonment, depopulation, deforestation, risk of fire and climate change create new challenges for sustainable nature conservation.
ATN wishes to be a leading NGO in finding effective approaches for sustainable nature conservation in this region.  To this end ATN applies state of the art knowledge on nature conservation, and be a leading NGO in further developing the creation and management of private wildlife reserves. Nature management includes both active nature conservation measures (fire prevention, promotion of prey species) and giving the way to natural processes (e.g. grazing with large herbivores). Experiments, diagnostic and trend monitoring, operational research and scientific peer reviewing form an integral part of the nature conservation strategy. The Faia Brava Reserve, the first private protected area in Portugal, was created by ATN and remains a core area for ATN’s nature management.


Vision
Creating spaces for nature
Mission

Conserve, value, study and promote the natural heritage of Northeast Portugal, through sustainability and community participation, by managing and protecting natural areas.
Objectives
  • to achieve species and habitat conservation in natural areas;
  • to guarantee economical sustainability of nature conservation projects;
  • to contribute to economic and social dynamism of the region
ATN’s main activities focus on the following areas:
  • study and conservation of the fauna and flora in the Côa, Águeda and Douro valleys;
  • enhancement of environmental awareness by means of education;
  • elaboration and implementation of environmental projects for rural development (agriculture, livestock, forestry and game) consistent with nature conservation;
  • technical support in the production and sustainable forest protection on behalf of the joining forest producers;
  • recovery, rehabilitation and promotion of the cultural, architectural and archaeological heritage of the region;
  • establishment of partnerships with national and international foundations;
  • environmental and scientific dissemination; professional training.