World Habitat Day 5th October

5th October 2020

The United Nations designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. The Day is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.

Whilst the focus is on human habitation, we must remember that we are part of the natural world around us. CCI partner projects around the world work with people and nature with the aim of balancing the needs of both.

CCI’s Collaborative funded Global Swimways project will be the first step toward connecting fish, rivers and people globally using a new “Swimways” concept, where a swimway is defined as a path used in fish migration. The project aims to balance conservation of migratory fishes and development, and will provide outputs to help inform the cost–benefit analysis of mega-scale river infrastructure developments focusing on the impacts to migratory freshwater fishes.

A recent excavation by archaeologists in the Côa Valley Archaeological Park, has unearthed a huge, 3.5 metre auroch (an extinct species of wild cattle) – carved into the rock face of the valley’s open-air, UNESCO World Heritage Listed Prehistoric Rock Art Site. The valley is in an area covered by the Endangered Landscapes Programme’s Greater Côa Valley project, which is focused on improving human-wildlife coexistence in the present.

The Greater Côa Valley remains a natural corridor for wildlife today, but its functionality has been diminished by habitat loss and degradation, wildlife persecution, and a lack of understanding of the many benefits wild nature provides.

With funding from the Endangered Landscapes Programme, scaled up restoration efforts are underway to reverse this decline. This project has the ambitious aim to develop a 120,000-hectare wildlife corridor in the Greater Côa Valley, connecting the Malcata mountain range in the south with the larger Douro Valley in the north.

Ribeira de Piscos, Côa Valley, Western Iberia, Portugal, Europe, Rewilding Europe