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Malcata Commune (Portugal)

Freguesia de Malcata, Concelho de Sabugal, Distrito de da Guarda

Last modified: 2016-03-12 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Malcata commune] 2:3 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Mar 2016
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About the Flag

It is a typical Portuguese communal flag, with the coat of arms centred on a plain blue field.
Source: here
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Mar 2016

Coat of arms

Shield Argent, in chief the head of a lynx Proper eyed Gules flanked beneath by two branches of chestnut Vert with chestnuts of the same filled Gules. In base a mountain issuant Vert superimposed by a bar Argent charged with a barrulet Azure. Mural crown Argent with three visible towers (village rank) and white scroll with inscription in black initials "MALCATA".
The eponym nearby mountain range Serra da Malcata was in the late 1960s onward the centre of an early environmentalist campaign in Portugal, against monoculture forestry (large scale Eucalyptus globulus farming for paper pulp) and centred around the local polulation of Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus): "Let us save the Lynx of Serra da Malcata!" became a ground-breaking slogan, remembered even today. The fact that a few lynxes ever lived there in recent time: wrong habitat, the small Portuguese population occurs much to the South.
Source: this webpage
António Martins-Tuválkin and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Mar 2016

Flag and arms published in the official journal Diário da República: III Série on 30 August 2003
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Mar 2016

Presentation of Malcata

Malcata Commune is one of the 30 communes of Sabugal Municipality; it had 332 inhabitants in 2011 and covers 30.8 km².
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Mar 2016

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