Project Emc2 – ‘Exploring White crowberry Coastal Habitats’

A. Abreu
Publié: 24 novembre 2021
Dernière modification: 24 novembre 2021
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Emc2 project – Exploring White crowberry Coastal Habitats is a collaborative environmental education project about the white crowberry plant (Corema album (L.) D. Don), an Iberian endemic coastal plant. For mainland Portugal, although C. album has not yet been evaluated for conservation purposes, in recent decades there has been a regression of this species in some Iberian Peninsula western coast areas. The Emc2 project is funded by Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT MARE UIDB/04292/2020) and promotes half-day outdoor visits to students aged 7-11 years old, at 4 coastal dune habitats. Since 2016, student questionnaires are revealing this plant to be unknown for most engaged students, with percentage values ranging from 75% to 95%. Among the 4 dune habitats visited, for the one with a declining white crowberry plant population, a conservation activity began in 2017 through the rooting of collected stem cuttings, which after rooting, are reintroduced at dune habitat with the participation of students.


Europe de l’Ouest et du Sud
Scale of implementation
Forêt côtière
Écosystèmes marins et côtiers
Acteurs locaux
Fragmentation et la dégradtion de l'habitat
Prévention de l'érosion
Science et recherche
Sensibilisation et communications
Species Conservation and One Health Interventions
Communication des risques, engagement communautaire et changement de comportement
Perte de biodiversité
Perte de l'écosystème
Manque de sensibilisation du public et des décideurs
Sustainable development goals
ODD 4 - Éducation de qualité
ODD 15 - Vie terrestre
Aichi targets
Objectif 1: Sensibilisation accrue de la biodiversité
Objectif 2: Valeurs de la biodiversité intégrées
Objectif 5: Perte d'habitat réduite de moitié ou diminuée
Objectif 12: Réduction du risque d'extinction
Objectif 19: Partage de l'information et de la connaissance


Moledo, Viana do Castelo, Portugal


The Emc2 project, started in 2016/17, has contributed over the past 5 years, not only to raise students and social awareness about white crowberry plant, but also to promote conservation of the declining ‘Foz do Minho’ white crowberry population. In ecological terms, conservation of this declining white crowberry population started in 2017 and occurs through the reintroduction of white crowberry plants propagated by stem cuttings, with the support of researchers from INIAV, I.P.; collaboration of COREMA Association and the Union of Parishes of Moledo-Cristelo. Reintroduced plants, 30 in 2018/19 and 14 in 2021, are well adapted (with female plants already bearing some fruits) and are a positive action to halt this plant population extirpation with participation of students. The project will continue, in the coming years, in the coastal areas to be visited, with the assessment of adequate measures for conservation of declining white crowberry populations, namely by adding to propagation from stem cuttings, the propagation by seed germination, through an already tested protocol.


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M Alexandra Abreu Lima MARE - Centro de Ciências do Mar e do Ambiente