Environmental victory

Conservation group, A Rocha, has won an environmental court case that sees the Quinta da Rocha area of the Ria de Alvor being protected from development work.

The proceedings were taken against land owners who had illegally destroyed wildlife during development work despite the area being protected.

An injunction was won by A Rocha in July 2008 (See the Algarve Resident edition July 30, 2008) to stop any further destruction of the Quinta da Rocha area.

However, an appeal was launched by the owners in February against this ruling.

The judge in the case has now overturned the appeal, meaning that no work can be undertaken at the site.

A statement by A Rocha said: “We hope that A Rocha Portugal’s legal action will set a precedent which will also save other protected areas throughout EU countries.”

At the time of the Algarve Resident going to press no comment was available from the owners of Quinta da Rocha.

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