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2011

The Quercus Prize 2011 distinguished the Gaia Biological Park and Professor Viriato Soromenho-Marques, ex-aequo.

Gaia Biological Park was distinguished by almost 30 years of work on Environmental Education in Portugal and by the 'Parques e Vida Selvagem' magazine, the only organ of information about conservation of nature and biodiversity with national circulation. It is also important to distinguish the work in the defense of tens of hectares of important terrains in terms of conservation, in environmental concerns in the management of the municipality of Gaia, in the support of the creation of the Local Nature Reserve of the Douro Estuary and of the Dunas da Aguda Park, and ensure its Animal Recovery Centre (the oldest in the country).

Viriato Soromenho-Marques was distinguished by the intense activity linked to the defense of the environment that he has developed since 1978. From his extensive and vast curriculum it is important to highlight the Presidency of the Quercus National Directorate – between 1992 and 1995 – the nomination in 2006 as a Grand Officer of the Order of Prince Henry and the collaboration with the Calouste Gulbenkian foundation – in 2005 and 2006 – in environmental and health matters, where, in 2007, he took over the scientific coordination of the Gulbenkian Environment Programme. The same way it is important to highlight the integration in the High Level Group on Energy and Climate Change, composed by 12 personalities, with the task of advising the European Comission when it comes to the strategic turn in sustainable energy matters.

 

2010

The Quercus Prize 2010 distinguished the sociologist Luisa Schmidt and the Engr. Carlos Pimenta.

 

Carlos Pimenta was distinguished with the Quercus Prize 2010 as he left a mark of competence and determination in the promotion of sustainability when he was part of the Government in Portugal – between 1983 and 1987 – as a Secretary of State for the Environment. In that position, Carlos Pimenta was recognized by being firm in his courageous and vanguard political measures, as was the case of the demolition of clandestine constructions in Protected Areas or the creation of the Basic Environmental Law and of the Law of non-governmental environmental organization

Luísa Schmidt was recognized with Quercus Prize 2010 due to her promotion of a sharp social analysis of environmental matters and sustainability by means of investigation and dissemination projects.

 

2009


The Quercus Prize distinguished Engr. António Facco Viana Barreto and, posthumously, Dr. Veríssimo de Freitas da Silva Borges, ex-aequo.


António Facco Viana Barreto, Forest Engineer and Landscape Architect, was distinguished thanks to a long career of more than half of a century dedicated to the prosecution of the goals of Land Management, trying to integrate physical, biological and cultural aspects into the socioeconomic ones as well as urban infrastructures.

Veríssimo de Freitas da Silva Borges, Biologist and Environmentalist, was posthumously recognized for his contribute of a life to environmental causes, revealing himself as one of the most active directors of Quercus and one of the most insisting voices in the defense of environmental values, in Azores.

 

2008


The Quercus Prize 2008 distinguished the parish council of Ericeira and, posthumously, Dr. José Cardoso da Rocha, ex-aequo.


The parish council of Ericeira was distinguished by demonstrating, by means of a large series of projects, his commitment and insistence as a contribute to the minimization of environmental issues, such as the Projecto Ericeira Recicla – a recycling project in Ericeira – the use of biodiesel produced from used cooking oil, the reutilization of furniture and clothes, the close of the traffic in the center of the village, etc.


Dr. José Cardoso da Rocha, a reputed pediatrician surgeon, was posthumously recognized for having been one of the pioneers of the Biological Agriculture in Portugal. He was the first Portuguese wine producer in Biological Agriculture and he was devoted to sustainable agriculture, preservation of native species and protection of biodiversity in an agricultural environment.

 

2007


The Quercus Prize 2007 was awarded to the show 'Biosfera' ('Biosphere').

 

The weekly magazine 'Biosfera', produced for the channel RTP by Farol de Ideias, was distinguished for the exemplar discussions of environmental matters. The show presents thematic dossiers about environmental protection, biodiversity, energy and residues and its goal is the promotion of the environmental sustainability. Having started in 2005, on RTPN, in 2006, the show started being transmitted in RTP2, where it gained more visibility. The format was also extended to 45 minutes, which made possible more detailed discussions of topics, as well as the creation diverse rubrics.

 

2006


The Quercus Prize 2006 was awarded to the City Council of Chamusca and Engr. Gomes Pedro.


The City Council of Chamusca was distinguished for the exemplar developments in the process of public participation in the discussion of the establishment of a CIRVER (Centro Integrado de Recuperação, Valorização e Eliminação de Resíduos Perigosos) – an Integrated center for recovery, valorization and elimination of dangerous residues – in its council. After awarding the City Council of Chamusca with this Prize, Quercus had also the goal of recognizing the effort of this autarchy to promote the Mechanical Biological Treatment (MBT) for urban waste.


Engr. Gomes Pedro, a Portuguese botanist, was recognized for a life devoted to the study and preservation of the flora in Portugal – with extensively developed work on vegetation in Arrábida – and in Africa – especially in Mozambique.


2005


The Quercus Prize 2005 was awarded to Professor Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles and Dr. José Sá Fernandes – two renowned people who contributed to the safeguard of the environmental values and the promotion of life quality of populations.


By the time Professor Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles worked in several Governments, he initiated a structuring legislation in land and environment planning, highlighting two fundamental instruments: the National Ecological Reserve and the National Agricultural Reserve.


Dr. José Sá Fernandes has developed an extensive and extended activity related to environmental citizenship, having supported countless people and organizations in legal proceedings for the defense of the Portuguese natural and constructed patrimony.


2004


The Quercus Prize was awarded to the 'Plataforma Nunca Mais' (literally translated to Never Again Platform), in recognition of the excellent work developed by this Galician organization in the sequence of the oil tanker Prestige disaster, in November 2002, which contaminated a great extension of the Galician sea and shore, threatening the Portuguese territory.


The 'Plataforma Nunca Mais' was created in November 2002, a few days after the sinking of the ship Prestige near the Galician shore. Since then this organization has gathered the answer of the civil society against the ecological disaster and has required responsibilities due to its bad management.

 

 

 

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