Valley of the She-Wolves
Vale das Lobas means “Valley of the She-Wolves.” The wolf represents instinct and is a powerful symbol for what is needed for Nature to re-establish her balance.
The best indicators of ecological regeneration are improving soil quality and increasing biodiversity. Recovering biodiversity means more birds, insects, wild animals, more diversity of plant life, and the soil becoming richer in microorganisms, providing the basis for entire eco-system recovery. So what should we do? Ironically, we need to do less, not more – less pollution, less needless consumption, less industrial farming, and less extraction. And in response, nature will do the rest.
Our regeneration mission is to reach long-term sustainable results, with a positive impact on ecology, economy and community. We recognise the importance of economic activity to ensure the viability and sustainability of the regeneration process. Our vision for regenerative farming is to integrate ancestral tradition with innovation, supporting biodiversity, and providing inspiration, guidance and hope, for generations to come.
Imagine a place with clean air, fresh water, and traditional farming, where the only sounds to disturb your meditation are the trickling of water, the buzzing of bees and the herder calling to her goats. That place is Vale das Lobas. A landscape rich in ancient olives, chestnuts, oaks and cork trees provide a home to owls, falcons, nightjars, cuckoos, bee-eaters, genets, foxes, badgers, wild boar, numerous species of spiders, fungi and much more. The designation of Biodiversity Zone is a result of the partnership between Vale das Lobas and the Municipal Council of Fornos de Algodres. The Hunting Association joined this protocol in 2013, and voluntarily agreed to permanently remove all hunting rights from areas under this designation.
Protocol of Regeneration
- Ecological low-impact construction – natural materials, in harmony with nature.
- Organic farming – regenerating soil quality.
- No chemical fertilisers, pesticides or GM crops
- Water harvesting and sensible water management
- Reforestation with native hard woods.
- Monitoring and evaluation of progress
- Biodiversity Enhancement– no hunting, active support to eco-systems.
- Integration of traditional wisdom with new innovations
- Sustainable regeneration – commerce, appropriate technology and artisanal production.
We are working with local and regional authorities to expand the territory and scope of the biodiversity zone.