Fewer restrictions for natural park

A revised tourist development proposal has been given to Aljezur and Vila do Bispo Câmaras, following criticism about the restrictions imposed by the Portuguese institute of nature conservation and biodiversity (ICNB).

One of the main alterations in the proposal is that the limit of 2,600 on the number of tourist beds in the Costa Vicentina natural park has been removed, which clashed with the regional development commission’s (CCDR’s) plan to allow a further 4,750 tourist beds between the two councils.

Gilberto Viegas, President of Vila do Bispo Câmara, said: “There has been an improvement in the regulations, which better corresponds to the regional development plan (PROTAL).”

He added that the proposal will have to have some further alterations and is still far from being ideal because it requires a lot of partnerships and authorisations from the ICNB.

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