Hello, my name is Andreia Cação, I have a degree in Anthropology, and I am currently in the last year of my Masters in Ecology at the University of Coimbra. The thesis that I have been developing is entitled “The importance of local knowledge for sustainable agroecological systems: a case study in the Sabugal region.” and its general objective is to understand local knowledge and the relationship of this community with chestnuts, chestnut trees, and chestnut groves.
In the CULTIVAR project, I am part of research line 3 “Assessment and monitoring of ecosystem services relevant to selected natural endogenous genetic resources” and I belong to the Research Line Societies and Environmental Sustainability in the I&D unit from Centre for Functional Ecology – Science for People & the Planet of the University of Coimbra.
My main research interests are to better understand local communities and their knowledge and how they can contribute to the sustainability of agroecosystems. It is essential to protect this knowledge, not only so that communities maintain their traditions and practices, but also so that they can complement scientific knowledge in the search for the best solutions for their territory.