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Rewilding in Portugal: Legal Guidance Notes

Our guidance notes for Portugal will cover the following broad topics (with some notes being published shortly):

  • Obtaining and protecting land for rewilding;

  • Developing and managing land for rewilding;

  • Rewilding and animals; and

  • Legal responsibilities and liabilities.

Within these topics, there are often several notes. The content of each note is summarised below  and you can either view them online or download them. 

Andoni Canela / Rewilding Europe


Developing and Managing Land for Rewilding

Developing Land

Rewilding Portugal

Developing Land

This note covers rewilding and:

  • Land uses and management plans
  • Public interest restrictions and public interest easements (REN and RAN)
  • Construction permits
  • Environmental assessments
Classified Areas

Staffan Widstrand / Rewilding Europe

Classified Areas

This note covers rewilding and:

  • National Network of Protected Areas, Natura 2000 network sites, and areas protected under international commitments 
  • Rewilding activities in classified areas
Dam Removal

Ricardo Ferreira / Rewilding Europe

Dam Removal

This note covers rewilding and:

  • Steps to remove a small dam
  • Obligations of the landowner / land manager
  • Dam removal in classified areas
Land and Wildfires

Juan Carlos Muñoz / Rewilding Europe

Land and Wildfires

This note covers rewilding and:

  • Obligations to prevent wild fires
Forests and Flora

Juan Carlos Muñoz / Rewilding Europe

Forests and Flora

This note covers rewilding and:

  • Legal definition of forest and woodland
  • Main planning regulations for forest management and associated restrictions
  • Restrictions on afforestation and reforestation
  • Special regimes for protected plant species
  • Applicable rules for non-native plant species

Rewilding and Animals

Grazing Rights

Juan Carlos Muñoz / Rewilding Europe

Grazing Rights

This note covers rewilding and:

  • Informal and formal mechanisms to secure grazing rights on private and public land
  • The impact of different mechanisms when ownership of land changes

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