Porto is well aware of the importance of trees in the city: here’s why

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Porto City Hall has resumed the monitoring of planted areas with indigenous species in the city, under the Biospots network, which had been interrupted in 2020, due to the pandemic. This initiative is held in the framework of the FUN Porto, the 100 thousand Urban Native Tree planting project in Porto Metropolitan Area that will now include the monitoring of the irrigated areas of Regado and Francos. Since 2017 (the year the first in-site intervention took place), monitoring campaigns have been held every year, except last year, when they were not carried out due to Covid-19.

The purpose of this permanent monitoring is to assess the survival rate of native planted trees and bushes; a Consultative Team is in place and accompanies the works to make sure that the integrity and safeguard of interventions are met, with the support of several experts in the fields of health and landscape.

The Municipality, in partnership with the Infraestruturas de Portugal, has already planted circa 10 hectares of the irrigated land of Regado and Francos, Areias, Falcão, Paranhos and Freixo, and 1.953 trees and native bushes, all collected at the municipal tree nursery of Porto. The Municipal Nursery is also part of FUN Porto, which is in charge of providing native trees and plants since 2014 to the FUTURO Project.

The FUN Porto project is therefore ongoing, regarding the Native Urban Forests in Porto. This project was initiated in 2015 and Porto City Hall promotes the expansion of these trees in the city to establish a robust green infrastructure in the Invicta.

This is but one of the initiatives implemented in the city of Porto to carry out the municipal environmental strategy and to mitigate the impact of climate change in the city.