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Portuguese National Association of Green Roof

ANCV (the Portuguese National Association of Green Roof) is a NGO-Non-Governmental Organization, which aims to promote green infrastructures in cities, especially those that can be installed in buildings (new or pre-existing) such as green roofs, highlighting their enormous importance, and the numerous contributions they can give to the possibility to create healthy, sustainable, biodiverse and resilient urban territories.


Engº Paulo Palha

Paulo Palha is graduated in Agricultural Engineering by the University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro. His professional activity over the last 20 years has been focused on Green Spaces and Ecological Design, with a strong research component. Currently, he is the Director of the company “Neoturf Espaços Verdes Lda” (translation: Neoturf Green Spaces”), which is a member of the International Green Roof Association. He is also founder of the company “Landlab Lda”, and President of the Portuguese Association for Green Roofs (ANCV)”. Throughout his career he coordinated more than 300 projects of gardens and more than 100 projects of Green Roofs in Portugal and abroad. He also developed teaching and consulting activities, guiding several internships and Master thesis; making several training courses on Green Roofs in different points of Portugal and abroad. He won several national prizes and his work is recognized on a national and international level. 

Prof. Cristina Matos Silva

Cristina Matos Silva is a Civil Engineer with experience in design of structures and foundations, building services, thermal and acoustic behavior as well as construction supervisory services and technical assistance. She's currently an Assistant Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico - University of Lisbon. Her research interests focus on green infrastructures, namely on their economic evaluation, thermal and acoustic performance and maintenance planning in a Mediterranean climate. Her work also evaluates the efficiency of rainwater harvesting systems, at both urban and building scale and when combined with green roof solutions. She is a of founding member and vice-president of the Portuguese Green Roof Association and a member the Portuguese Technical Committees for green roofing and rainwater harvesting systems in buildings. 

Arqª Ana Mesquita

Has a Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture from the Faculty of Science of the University of Porto, and has taken part of her academic career in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark, as an Erasmus scholarship holder. Her professional career focused on Green Roofing, namely in design and project counseling. She is currently the general coordinator of Landlab Lda. She often hosts Workshops and Training Actions on Green Roofs and Green Walls.

Arqª Beatriz Castiglione
Co-opted member of Direction

Beatriz Castiglione is graduated and has a master degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Porto, Portugal. Part of her academic career was held at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), in Brazil, under a mobility program. In 2014 she was a research fellow at CIBIO – Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, in Porto, where she did research on the subject of urban allotments. In 2015 she worked in Ecuador and Brazil, where she was involved in several landscape architecture projects with different scales. Since her academic dissertation, her professional career has always been focused on urban landscape, how to design inclusive cities and the effects of contact with nature and good public spaces for citizen’s well being. Since August 2016 she works at the Portuguese Association for Green Roofs (ANCV) at the Fifth Facade Project (PQAP), being also responsible for the management and promotion of the Association. 

Engª Cristina Calheiros
Co-opted member of Direction

Cristina Calheiros is an Environmental Engineer (ESB-UCP) and PhD in Biotechnology (Environmental Science and Engineering). She is Senior Member of the Order of Engineers. She taught at the ESB-Universidade Católica Portuguesa and is an invited lecturer in the MSc in Environmental Sciences and Management at the Institute of Science and Environment at the University of Saint Joseph - Macau SAR / China. She is currently a researcher at CIIMAR-Interdisciplinary Center for Marine and Environmental Research at the University of Porto.
Her main research areas include: bioremediation of soils and waters, management and treatment of water, development and study of ecotechnologies (namely green roofs, plant beds and floating islands), green infrastructures and ecosystem services in urban context, education for sustainability and circular economy. She is a founding member of the Portuguese Association for Green Roofs (ANCV).

Engº José Ávila e Sousa
Co-opted member of Direction

José Ávila e Sousa, graduated in Civil Engineering by the University of Coimbra, has consolidated his training through participation in seminars, conferences and international events, maintaining close contact with the scientific environment.

Currently he is the Technical Director of the Preceram Group, being also responsible for the Department of Communication and Image.

An enthusiastic about the themes of sustainability and innovation, in the scope of products for construction, he also coordinates the research and development of new products in several companies of the group, namely Gyptec Ibérica and Argex.

Prof. Doutor Silva Afonso

Member Counselor and Specialist in Sanitary Engineering by the Order of Engineers. Civil Engineer (FEUP), PhD in Civil Engineering (Hydraulics, Water Resources and Environment). He taught at FCTUC and ISEC, and is currently Retired Full Professor (Guest) of the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Aveiro. He is the author of three technical books and 160 articles in international magazines and congresses. He served in the public administration as Regional Director of the Environment of the Central Region (1987/88), President of the Central Region Coordination Commission (1989/90) and President of the Directing Council of the Center for Studies and Local Government (1992/96). He is the founder and current President of the ANQIP (National Association for the Quality of Buildings) and founder of the Portuguese Association of Water Resources (APRH) and the National Association of Green Roofs (ANCV). European Commission invited expert on water efficiency in buildings. He is the current President of the Board of Directors of the Order of Engineers in the Central Region.

Prof. Doutora Cristina Branquinho
1st Secretary

Has a degree  in Biology and a Phd in Ecology from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. Currently is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon and belongs to cE3c, Center for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Change. She leads the Environmental Change Ecology group where, among other subjects, develops research in the area of ​​urban ecology. In particular, the importance of urban green infrastructures for the provision of various ecosystem services, such as air purification, climate regulation, water infiltration, soil protection and human well-being. Within this scope they are still interested in the development of ecological and sustainable green roofs cover in environments with low water availability.

Prof. Doutor António Tadeu
2nd Secretary

Has a PhD in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, USA, where he later spent a year as a guest researcher.

He is currently a university professor at the University of Coimbra and president of ITeCons.

Prof. Doutor Luís Calafate
Audit Commitee President

Professor in the Biology Department of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto, he is interested in exploring the dimensions of urban sustainability, understanding the structure, dynamics and functions of urban ecosystems. His research areas encompass extensive green roofing, ecological wall engineering and he defends that urban biodiversity plays a crucial role in global biodiversity. It has participated in several scientific articles, projects and conferences developed in the areas of technologies, sustainability and biodiversity.

Engª Maria João Pedrosa
1º Vogal

Has a Bachelor degree in Biological Engineering from the University of Minho. Since 2000 she has worked in the City Council, having assumed the position of head of the Environment Division in 2007. In 2016 she concluded the Master’s Degree in Biotechnology and Innovation at the Biotechnology School of Porto of the Catholic University under the subject of "Potential for the installation of green roofs in the Municipality of Maia". Since 2013 she has been dedicated to the theme of green roofs, having developed and approved in the Municipality of Maia the Municipal Strategy for the Promotion of Green Roofs that is being implemented, through a chaste set of actions and the support of a technical team of the Division Environment with enthusiasm for this mechanism to promote the sustainable and harmonious development of the territory.

Prof. Doutor Mário Reis
2º Vogal

Has a PhD in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Algarve in the field of Plant Production, with a study on "Composting and characterization of vegetable residues for use as vegetable substrates". Assistant Professor of UALg at the Faculty of Natural Resources Engineering, since 1997, in areas of Agronomy: horticulture and agroindustrial and forest waste compounds.

Coordinated and participated in national and international IE&D projects on crops without soil and organic compounds as horticultural substrates.

In his curriculum he also has collaborations and participations in organized and scientific commissions, internships and theses, national and international scientific journals, book panels and chapters, in topics related to horticulture, compounds and substrates

He is a member of the Portuguese Horticultural Association and the International Society for Horticultural Science.

Maria Inês Sousa
Curricular trainee

Has a degree in Landscape Architecture from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto. Current curricular trainee at the Portuguese Association for Green Roofs (ANCV) to obtain a Master's degree in Landscape Architecture, in collaboration for the "Porto Fifth Facade Project"

She also collaborates in the Landscape Architecture Group of Porto - Planear, as coordinator of the Training, Employment and Entrepreneurship department.


In the last decades, problems such as pollution, soil impermeabilization indexes, density and quality of buildings, energy inefficiency and loss of biodiversity, have been aggravated, at the same time that extreme (and increasingly frequent) climatic phenomena occurs, such as heat waves / drought and extreme precipitation phenomena.

The evidence of many services that green roofs can bring to the urban environment makes them part of the environmental strategy of modern cities, already an obligation in cities like Copenhagen and highly encouraged by a number of worldwide governments.

Rainwater retention and peak flood delay, thermal insulation, protection and increase of waterproofing life, creation of biodiversity niches, CO2 capture and oxygen production, associated with the improvement of the urban landscape and the appreciation of the buildings, are part of the set of arguments of undeniable value that make it unquestionable the need to introduce the green roofs in the cities, demonstrating the urgence to consider vegetation as a mandatory building material.


ANCV develops a set of actions, such as:

- Promotion, with the Government and Municipalities, of green roofs as part of environmental and energetic strategies;

- Promotion and dissemination of scientific studies that demonstrate the many services that green roofs provide;

- Establishment of relationships and development of work with similar associations at the European level, with a special focus on those sharing the typical Mediterranean climatic conditions;

- Creation of a national database of green roofs;

- Organization and promotion of training and dissemination events;

- Technical specifications editions that promote good projects and good works;

- Dissemination of national and international studies, standards and technical guides;

- Participation in the conception and revision of national sector regulation and legislation.




Chairman: Prof. Doutor Silva Afonso

1st Secretary: Prof. Doutora Cristina Branquinho

2nd Secretary: Prof. Doutor António Tadeu


Chairman: Engº Paulo Palha

Vice-President: Prof. Dra. Teresa Afonso do Paço

 Treasurer: Arqa Ana Mesquita


Chairman: Prof. Doutor Luís Calafate

1st Vowel: Engª Maria João Pedrosa

2nd Vowel: Prof. Doutor Mário Reis



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