Opening pathsinto the future.

Our Raison d'être

Veredas da Estrela* is a community association, founded after the 2022 wildfires that devastated 25% of the Serra da Estrela Natural Park in Central Portugal. We are based in the mountain villages of Figueiró da Serra and Freixo da Serra.

We want to create living communities and ecosystems more resilient to forest fires, and thus prepare our villages for the future while being an example for others.

Do you want to help us prevent fires and restore ecosystems? Come and participate in one of our next actions! Or become a member of Veredas da Estrela.

*Literally: paths of Estrela. Veredas, locally called bredas, are trails, created and used by human and/or wildlife. The designation originates from proto-celtic uɸorēdos, with manifold derivations in European languages.

Our Motivation


  1. General board


    Corinna Lawrenz


    Pedro Faustinho


    Carl Jones


    Júlio Cardoso

    Culture & community

    Rafaela Mapril


    Paula Tomé


    Nik Völker



  2. General Assembly


    Tiago Coelho


    Pavel Vulfin


    Daniel Paiva

  3. Supervisory board


    Susana Cabral


    Pavel Vulfin


    Paulo Cavacas

  4. Council

    Apart from complying with the mandatory board compositions, Veredas nominates technical and scientific advisors that inform the decisions of the general board with their knowledge and expertise.
    Territory & culture,
    Freixo da Serra

    Arménio Teixeira

    Territory & culture,
    Figueiró da Serra

    Manuel Ferreira

Veredas in the media

Join us on our path

Below we have listed some ways of supporting our work as a non-profit community association as a company or as an individual.

Be a member

Join us as a neighbour or from abroad! Fill out the membership form and you may not only work with us but you'll also be invited to working groups and assemblies.

Be a volunteer

Keen to get your hands dirty? Join our events or community actions in the Natural Park of Serra da Estrela. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram for the latest updates.

Team building

Want to get your team involved in hands-on ecosystem restoration and have a unique experience with options of hiking, swimming, or food tasting in the mountains? Get in touch!

Make a donation

Support us with a one-time donation. You may transfer to IBAN PT50 0007 0000 0064 8865 1082 3 or via MB WAY 926910673. For a receipt please send us your details.


Veredas da Estrela is part of the One Percent for the Planet initiative, a platform that allows companies to donate 1% of their annual sales to vetted environmental partners. Supporters of the platform can select which organisation they wish to donate to. The profile of Veredas da Estrela is available here.

Get in touch

Veredas da Estrela Association for the Future of the Communities of Figueiró da Serra & Freixo da Serra

Rua da Portela s/n, 6290-071 Figueiró da Serra, Gouveia

NIPC PT517266431

Any questions or curiosities? Please get in touch with us by email or by joining one of our activities. Upcoming events will be posted on our Facebook page and for the bigger picture, a yearly calendar is available through our Activities Plan (Portuguese).

You can consult the § articles of our association here (Portuguese).

And, of course, we invite you to become a member of Veredas!

© Veredas da Estrela 2023