Almargem wants protection for Algarve’s wetland areas

Environmental association Almargem is seeking funding for a study into wetlands in the Algarve in order to see them declared protected areas, “free from the threat of development”.

The project includes the Trafal and Foz do Almargem areas in Loulé, Lagoa dos Salgados and Sapais de Pêra in Silves and Albufeira, and lastly Alagoas Brancas in Lagoa.

As Almargem points out, each of these areas is facing “urbanistic pressure” despite multiple attempts over the years to classify them as protected areas.

The association says there is still much to learn about these areas on a “scientific and socioeconomic level” and that this study is an opportunity to “fill those gaps”. Almargem says it will work only with people and institutions “of excellence” in their field of study.

An application for funding has already been sent to the Environmental Fund, but, in the meantime, an online questionnaire can be filled in by anyone until March 15.

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