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Portuguese environmentalists argue that the General Agricultural Policy Plan does not promote more sustainable agriculture.



Portuguese environmentalists argue that the General Agricultural Policy Plan does not promote more sustainable agriculture.

The proposed PEPAC structure for Portugal was recently published by the Office of Planning, Policy and General Administration (GPP) of the Ministry of Agriculture. PEPAC is critical to the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy (PAC) 2022-27 in Portugal, and its design and implementation will shape the future of national biodiversity.

According to 14 Portuguese environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the proposal of the PEPAC structure shows that “the intentions of the Portuguese state regarding the application of CAP 2022-27 funding have not changed significantly compared to the previous community structure. “that” it continues to pursue a real reform of the application of this policy in Portugal, capable of transforming the agricultural sector towards its environmental and social sustainability “and that this document” will not adequately contribute to the fulfillment of the objectives of the European Environmental Pact, in particular, on the 2030 Biodiversity Conservation Strategy, the Prado a Prato Strategy and the EU’s Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Goals.

Therefore, environmental organizations are demanding more transparency in the development of this policy instrument, demanding a more environmentally friendly PEPAC that increases the benefits this activity can bring to nature.

Signatory NGOs: A Rocha – Christian Association for the Study and Protection of the Environment; VILLAGE – Action, Freedom, Development, Education, Research, Environment; Almargem – Association for the Protection of the Cultural and Environmental Heritage of the Algarve; ANP | WWF – Associação Natureza Portugal, in collaboration with WWF; ATNature – Association for Grazing Livestock and Nature; FAPAS – Portuguese Biodiversity Conservation Association; GEOTA – Spatial Planning and Environment Study Group; LPN – League for the Protection of Nature; Palombar – conservation of nature and rural heritage; QUERCUS – National Association for the Conservation of Nature; SPBotânica – Portuguese Society of Botany; SPEA – Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds; SPECO – Portuguese Environmental Society; and ZERO – Sustainable Ground Systems Association.

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Subscribers also criticized the Portuguese PEPAC’s discussion and development process, stating that it “did not sufficiently involve these civil society organizations who have always contributed position papers and proposals, which they shared with the office responsible for its architecture, always making themselves. available for workshops and dialogues that have never happened ”(even with other interlocutors, for example, in the field of health, consumer rights and human rights), and therefore we consider the current proposal as“ not very transparent and not very inclusive ”.

In a joint position paper presented today to the Ministries of Agriculture, Environment and Climate, as well as parliamentary groups, NGOs highlight some aspects of Portugal’s architectural proposal that they believe require “in-depth analysis”.

Thus, 14 organizations protect:

  1. CAP, which rewards those who do the best by compensating farmers according to the level of improvement in environmental and climate performance;
  2. CAP, which produces organic food, ensuring that 30% of direct production aid contributes to environmental benefits and climate action;
  3. CAP, which encourages biodiversity, creates more space for nature and supports ALL farms that promote GREAT biodiversity values ​​and landscape elements, especially in the Natura 2000 network;
  4. A GAC that is responsive to the goals of the Paris Agreement and aligned with national climate change adaptation and mitigation policies;
  5. CAP, which does not support new irrigation projects that threaten the conservation of agro-ecosystems and the well-being of our rivers and streams, and the people and biodiversity that depend on them.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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