Algarve to manage own forestry

FORESTS OF the Algarve are to be managed by authorities in the region for the first time. A new department will move the responsibility of decision making from Évora in the Alentejo down to the Algarve.

Previously, if a decision on forestry in the Algarve needed to be passed, then an official would need to first travel to Évora and then onto Lisbon. Soon the entire process will take place here in the region. It is hoped this will mark an improved rate of response to issues by cutting down levels of bureaucracy.

The region is to be solely responsible for governing its own forests and will be in charge of approving investment projects according to the Agricultural Minister, Jaime Silva. The new department is yet to be named but this is expected to be finalised by May after a phase of public consultation.

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