Introduction

Quercus is a Portuguese environmental non-governmental organization (ENGO) founded on 31 October 1985.

It is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit, national association constituted by citizens who joined together around the same interest: the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources and

Defense of the Environment in general, in a perspective of sustainable development.


The association is called Quercus as that is the common latin name given to oak trees, holly oaks and cork oak, distinctive trees that belong to more developed forest ecosystems that used to cover our country and from which, nowadays, cover only very degraded relics.

Over the years Quercus has been occupying a place in the Portuguese society that is simultaneously irreverent and constructive in the defense of the environment and multiple causes related to nature. Today its field of activity includes several thematic areas of the current environmental issues, which include the conservation of nature and biodiversity, energy, water, residues, climate changes, forests, sustainable consumption, environmental responsibility, among others. This specialized monitoring is largely supported by the work developed by several permanent working groups and projects.

This status was progressively achieved by a conduct regarding reality, without losing its fundamental point of reference of principles, nor coming away from the need to complement the critical denunciation with the effort to construct consensuses in the Portuguese society. Without these no effective sustainable development model will be possible in Portugal.


One of the characteristics of Quercus is its decentralization, with 18 Regional Centers all over the country. These include the autonomous regions of Azores and Madeira, which follow the environmental reality and perform sensitization activities in its geographical range.


In 1992 Quercus received the United Nations Global 500 Award as well as the title of honorary member of the Order of Prince Henry, attributed by the President of the Republic, Dr. Mário Soares.

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