Biennial of Nature Tourism made a «real reflection» on sustainability

Knowledge workshops had "great participation"

Sustainability was the watchword of the Algarve'19 Nature Tourism Biennial (BTN'19), which took place from friday to sunday, in Aljezur. The organization makes a positive assessment of the event and has the «expectation that BTN will be repeated in two years' time».

For Aura Fraga, president of Vicentina – Association for the Development of the Southwest, responsible for the organization, this event “had a very positive balance and everyone who visited it, including tourism professionals, decision makers or certifying entities”.

«Everyone who visited the BTN'19 it had clear interests and objectives and it was possible to make a real reflection on the theme of Sustainability», points out Aura Fraga, adding that the event also served to «generate knowledge through workshops that were practically sold out».

José Gonçalves, Mayor of Aljezur, also guarantees that BTN'19 “has fulfilled all the expectations generated”, not least because “sustainability is a key word that should be on the agenda for all municipalities”. Therefore, “several lessons to be drawn and challenges for what the region may become in the future in terms of the development of the territory” emerge from the event.

BTN'19, which at its official opening was attended by the Secretary of State for Forests and Rural Development, Miguel Freitas, among several other regional and national public decision-makers, had a number of speakers linked to certification tools and good practices for sustainable development.

Luigi Cabrini, president of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, Fátima Vieira, coordinator of Green Key, Paulo Castro, of Europarc's European Charter for Sustainable Tourism, Ana Garcia, of Accessible Portugal, António Carlos Duarte, coordinator of Geopark Arouca, Catarina Gonçalves, coordinator National Flag Program or Patrícia Araújo, from Biosphere Portugal, were some of them.

Throughout the event, there were also more than 50 knowledge workshops with diversified themes and mentors from different institutions linked to the sector, “which had a large support”, emphasizes the organization.

Another reason for interest was the sustainable character of all the stands installed in the Espaço Multiusos de Aljezur, built from cardboard boxes, which will now be collected by Algar for recycling. The management of waste produced during the event also complied with the rules for adhesion to ECO Event.

The realization of BTN'19 was made possible by co-financing CRESC Algarve and the Municipality of Aljezur and through partnerships with Municipalities, the Algarve Tourism Region, In Loco, Terras do Baixo Guadiana, Almargem, Rota Vicentina, among several other entities.