Protected areas in Loulé

Responsibility for protecting two areas described as being of “great natural beauty” is to be taken over by the local council.

Rocha da Pena and Fonte Benémola in the parishes of Querença and Tôr have been under the management of the Institute for Nature Conservation and Biodiversity (ICNB).

However, Seruca Emídio, Loulé Mayor, said they “have had little care” and the management will now be taken on by Loulé Câmara.

The council says it is committed in its current investment management plan to provide the “financial, material and human resources necessary” to protect these areas and to safeguard the geology, flora and fauna of both Rocha da Pena and Fonte Benémola.

At the time the Algarve Resident went to press on Wednesday, no one from the ICNB was available for comment.