About the author

Paula Lopes da Silva Graduated in Biology, with training in Quality and Management. Project coordinator at Quercus ANCN. Civil servant at Moita Municipality. Environment activist, ex-board member in national and european NGOs. Also interested in good governance, transparency and accountability of NPOs. Likes history and historical recreation, drawing, cartooning and performing. Roman Catholic.

Stories of a crusader

Stories of a crusader

Biodiversity and Local History So many species inhabited our lands, rivers and seas in the past. Biodiversity can be “mainstreamed” into local history awareness actions and vice-versa, as indeed natural and historical heritage are both building… Read more

Tour of the Ecological Consumer

Tour of the Ecological Consumer

A circuit on (our) consumption and biodiversity This activity was promoted by the Municipality of Moita, Portugal, last April, with the support of Fenacoop (National Federation of Consumer Cooperatives), a member of Eurocoop, and the cooperative… Read more

Saving biodiversity

Saving biodiversity

Connect and respect In Portugal, at least until the generation of our grand parents, it was usual that when people were eating and by accident droped a piece of bread to the floor, they had to kiss it and eat it after. That kiss meant full respect… Read more

Biodiversity loss – A matter of SECURITY?

Biodiversity loss – A matter of SECURITY?

Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Security initiatives It was at Gabala, Azerbaijan, that this idea crossed my mind; though probably it has already crossed the minds of many other people. It just came out during an NGO discussion. We divided in 3… Read more

The Fantastic Caspian Sea

The Fantastic Caspian Sea

An oil source packed with endemisms As a Portuguese, I never had much interest on inland seas, such as the Black Sea, the Aral Sea, or Caspian Sea. But now, visiting Azerbaijan, a republic of the Caucasus region and having walked by the maritime… Read more

Draft impressions from Azerbaijan

Draft impressions from Azerbaijan

At least two flights separate Portugal from Azerbaijan, a country on the Caucasus region, facing the Caspian Sea, which once belonged to the Soviet Union, and got its independence since about two decades. During the flight from Frankfurt to Baku,… Read more

Culinária medieval

Culinária medieval

Na sequência da Ceia Medieval realizada a 8 de Maio em Alhos Vedros, e da palestra “Mouros e Cristãos no Tempo de D. Afonso Henriques” por José Manuel Vargas realizada a 15 de Maio também em Alhos Vedros, pela associação Alius Vetus,… Read more

Microcredit in EUrope

Microcredit in EUrope

Or discredit fighting poverty in Europe? Microcredit is s system founded by the economics professor Mr. Muhammad Yunus, known as the banker of the poor. He aimed to give the very poor people a chance, namely those who could never get a normal… Read more

UM MONTE DE LIXO – WHAT ELSE?

UM MONTE DE LIXO – WHAT ELSE?

Ou a saga do último dos Rs Que me perdoem os fãs do café expresso e sobretudo as fãs do Sir George Clooney, mas a nova máquina de café e nescafé, inspiradora de congéneres de várias marcas, é – pode dizer-se – uma autêntica… Read more

REN, Cidades e Calamidades

REN, Cidades e Calamidades

Cerca de 1 mês e meio depois do desastre que se abateu sobre a Ilha da Madeira, é tempo de pensar em termos de médio e longo prazo. E não só sobre a Madeira, mas sobre todo o território nacional. O problema da impermeabilização de solos… Read more

Trondheim: A realistic or idealistic biodiversity “target”?

Trondheim: A realistic or idealistic biodiversity “target”?

Recent echoes on the on-going discussions about setting a new target for Biodiversity in 2020, make us think the question seems to be if the target must be either realistic or something more close to the ideal we want to achieve. Indeed a… Read more

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