This Nucleus is taking its first steps. Its main goals are the development of research activities and scientific promotion in the áreas of Tourism, Heritage and Environment. Some activities are already taking place, due to a protocol with the Liga para a Protecção da Natureza (LPN, League for the Protection of Nature) for the development of a database regarding social science bibliography on Environment (1974-2006). CEAS is also hiring a research fellow through a protocol with the Portuguese Government Employment agency, IEFP (Instituto de Emprego e Formação Profissional) to perform this task. Other projects are on the way.