Building Climate Change Resilience in the Natural Reserve of Ponta de São Lourenço
During the last years, within the framework of the Sandwatch project, our school, the Escola Básica do 2º e 3º Ciclos do Caniço has been involved in an educational process through which students, teachers and our local community are working together monitoring our coastal environment and developing sustainable approaches to address the problems found.
Throughout the process, a fundamental aspect enabling our actions has been the profuse collaboration between partners that goes far beyond our school walls.
Once again, our school has participated in an action promoted by the project LIFE Eco Compatível led by the Natural Park of Madeira, in collaboration with the Four Views Hotels (and their partners Quinta do Lorde Resort and Mbtravel) which took place at “Ponta de São Lourenço”.
The Natural Reserve of Ponta de São Lourenço is a costal protected area located at the East limit of our island, with a very characteristic biodiversity and geological features. Some of the habitats in this area need some help. Therefore, on the third of November, staff from the Natural Park of Madeira, a group of students from the 7th grade included in the 7+ initiative and teachers from our school, staff and guests from the Four Views Hotels, all joined hands.
The participants had the opportunity to visit the protected area and enjoyed a guided tour given by the staff of the park and then all collaborated in the habitat recovery, planting various plants that belong to the endemic flora of the region.
With this action, the participants contributed to the improvement of the ecosystem resilience and therefore to climate change adaptation, integrating the values inherent in sustainable development into the learning process, through a practical hands-on approach. Also it was particularly gratifying witnessing the empowerment of citizens of all ages to act for positive environmental and social change.
Escola Básica dos 2º e 3º Ciclos do Caniço – Madeira