Vast, unnecessary hotel complex to destroy Portugal’s wetland paradise02/07/2012 13:18:14
Portugal gives go-ahead to destroy internationally recognized unique coastal lagoon and bird sanctuary on Algarve coast.
July 2012. With current hotel occupancy standing at just 55% the Portuguese Government has disgracefully given permission for yet more - and, what's worse, the development threatens the last coastal lagoon along the south coast.
The RSPB and SPEA, (the Portuguese equivalent), have been fighting a ten year battle to save the area, Salgados, (or "Pera Marsh" as it's known to many birdwatchers), and for it to be given named as an SPA, (a site of special protection status); inexplicably this has never been granted.
Vast luxury development panned
Insufficient funds & corruption
Last surviving lagoon
Standing half-way between two of the Algarve's most urbanised areas, Albufeira and Armação de Pera, Salgados has always been under extreme threat and severe pressure for many years but the proposed development of the area surrounding it may well prove to be the last nail in the coffin.
With the proposed development bringing even more pressure upon this unique area, the lagoon will simply disappear and be lost for ever, and there is widespread international indignation that the Government, currently promoting Nature-based tourism, should let this happen.
Sign the petition
There has been an on-line petition set up to persuade the Government to change its mind, rescind the permission and grant SPA status in order to preserve this habitat for future generations. You are urged to sign it here and to share it on Facebook and Twitter.
Flamingos frequent Salgados.