On May 31st , in Parque Biológico de Vinhais in Bragança, took place the national stage of YPEF Contest in Portugal.
In this 6th Edition the winning team is represented by Ana Tavares, Mariana Tavares, Rita Cruz from Escola Básica e Secundária de Búzio - Vale de Cambra, who participated with the guidance of the teacher, Isabel Drumond.
For the winning national team YPEF Contest "allowed a better understanding of forest potentials and gave the opportunity to the participants of the national phase to meet different Portuguese protected areas." In addition, "it enables the discovery of European forests with a little more detail," not only for the theoretical information of the YPEF Contest, but also by the participation in a the European protected area in Latvia.
In second place was the team of Secondary School Henrique Medina and in third the Secondary School Quinta das Palmeiras.
At the National Final, all teams undertook a written test in English and created and presented a poster on the theme "the functions of the forest in the region close to the school," which used the knowledge acquired during the contest.
In the coming months, the three students of the winning National Team will prepare to participate in the European Phase YPEF Contest that will take place between 28 and 30 September, in the Natural Park of LVM in Tervete, Latvia.
At this stage, they will be acquainted with the local biodiversity, participate in activities in the forest along with the winning teams from Germany, Austria, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania and Ukraine to compete to win the 6th Edition YPEF Contest.