by Katya Egorova Microplastics are one of the most uncontrolled pollutants in our oceans. Microplastics can range from 1-5mm, making them hard to remove. It is no longer possible to clear the oceans of them completely, but it is still possible to contain the continuous spread. Our research is conducted by collecting sand samples from the beaches in Lagos, Alvor, Portimão and Ferragudo. To see a more detailed picture, sand samples are taken at several sites of each of these beaches throughout
My name is Katya and I am from Russia. I was born in Siberia in Yakutsk. Last year I decided to move to Saint Petersburg, Russia to discover a new place and spend several months there. I’m a financer and worked in the investment and finance area for 2 years, but I wanted to try myself as a volunteer and be a part of an environmental project. I found an interesting A Rocha project about microplastics, which not only contained the study of the topical
THANK YOU We want to thank all our donors for supporting us at all times, and especially at this critical stage. To all our huge THANK YOU!
For the last 34 years A Rocha has been receiving volunteers from all continents, from many different cultures, backgrounds and ages. Many have returned and tell us how important their experience was, and how they missed the people and A Rocha life. For us, many hold a special place in our memories for the way they contributed their gifts, skills and knowledge. For non-profit organisations like ours, it would be difficult to function properly without the help and dedication of volunteers. Our work and
The academic year 2018-19 began with the participation of A Rocha in the Week of Education and Initiatives of Volunteers in the Algarve - SEIVA, organised by the Portuguese Environment Agency, where we offered two activities in English. In October, we were once again honored for our participation in Environmental Water Volunteers with the merit award and the designation of Project Ambassadors. We started a new project "My Beach" with the indispensable help of Amigos d'A Rocha. This project is the responsibility of the
A ROCHA and Friends of A ROCHA participated in the project "my beach" organized by the science center of Tavira. This project consists of monitoring 100 meters of beach, collecting marine trash and categorizing the items. The data will then be given to authorities that will incorporate the data into national and international analyses and studies on the presence of marine waste on the Portuguese and European coasts. It is intended to understand not only the rsource of this rubbish but also its seasonality.
This year A ROCHA became part of the Erasmus+ project “Enhanced ENTREpreneurial attitude in adult education for a better LABour market integration” (2018-1-SE01-KA204-039048). In order to reduce unemployment, entrepreneurial education is considered a key factor for competitiveness and employment, social inclusion and personal development. In order to adapt to this need, a new type of attitude, initiative and responsibility are required. The valorisation of entrepreneurial attitude will improve traditional education, preparing people for life and offering the opportunities to adult people to find their
The Alvor Estuary is one of the most important coastal wetlands in Southern Portugal. This rich ecosystem includes sand dunes, mudflats, salt marshes and Salinas, supporting a diverse, specialised flora and fauna. Over the last twelve years, A Rocha Portugal has been leading a prolonged legal campaign to protect the site from inappropriate and illegal developments proposed by a private company (now called Water View, S.A.) that owns the nearby Quinta da Rocha estate. In 2015, the Criminal Court of Portimão convicted Water View
Rosary Sá Pereira, she was known as Rosarinho amongst her friends, was not only the first Portuguese team member of A Rocha Portugal but also the first Coordinator of the Environmental Education program we provide for 27 years now. With her knowledge of marine biology, she pioneered, leading the activities undertaken with schools and the local community. She was an excellent professional, a pastoral person, available to listen, to advise or just to share silence. A faithful friend, with a very particular sense of
By the end of 2016 our faithful Opel Corsa, which had already been a very generous donation from Jorge and Cristina Cruz, died. After thousands of kilometres through the mountains and valleys of the Algarve, serving both our volunteers as our doctoral students Marcial and Paula, after many complaints and painful noises died quietly in our parking lot, from where it refused to leave. Until the end never left us on foot, not even on its last trip. For almost two years we didn't