The Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas, IP (ICNF) is a public institute, integrated into the administration of the Portuguese State, with administrative and financial autonomy. ICNF is integrated into the environment ministry: – “Ministério do Ambiente e da Ação Climática”.
ICNF is the portuguese authority for nature conservation and biodiversity and the portuguese forestry authority. ICNF is responsible, in mainland Portugal, for the management of forest resources, including forests, hunting and river’s fishing, as well as their integration into other policies, in order to promote: conservation, sustainable use and public recognition of the natural heritage on the continent.
ICNF is the Portuguese entity responsible, in mainland Portugal, for the management of the National Network of Protected Areas (national and natural parks and nature reserves and sites) and the management of the Portuguese Natura 2000 Network (SPAs and SACs).
ICNF is also the national focal point for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (UNCBD), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar Convention) and the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention).