A program that aims to «strengthen, protect and revitalize Serra do Caldeirão» was officially launched on the 17th of March, with a meeting of partners that took place in the Main Hall of the Municipality of São Brás de Alportel.
The Sectorial Program for the Reorganization and Management of the Serra do Caldeirão Landscape, which covers the municipalities of São Brás de Alportel, Loulé and Tavira, adds. it is being developed by the General Directorate of the Territory and should be completed by the end of the year.
«This innovative program seeks to identify forest reconversion measures that allow, in a context of climate change, to reduce the danger of fire, by reducing the fuel load and its continuity and providing the territory with greater resilience, through the search for strategies aimed at new dynamics of human occupation and new ways of leveraging its resources», according to the City Council of São Brás de Alportel.
The initiative also aims to "create an orderly, biodiverse, humanized and resilient forest, combined with an agricultural, agroforestry and pastoral forest mosaic, capable of providing various environmental services and sustaining economic activities associated with it and significantly reducing the severity of the area burning».
The initiative involves «local and regional entities with direct responsibility and influence over the Serra do Caldeirão territory, including the municipalities of Loulé and Tavira, the Commission for Coordination and Regional Development (CCDR) of the Algarve, were present at this launch session of this program which is in line with the goals assumed within the framework of the Recovery and Resilience Plan (PRR), in the Landscape Transformation component of Vulnerable Forest Territories and with the Integrated Management Plan for Rural Fires (PNGIFR)».
Vítor Guerreiro, mayor of São Brás de Alportel, sees in this program potential «for reducing the risk of fire, for asset enhancement and economic promotion, without losing sight of the need to combat the desertification of these mountain territories that struggle with practical and legal difficulties in attracting residents and activities».
«In São Brás de Alportel, this process will necessarily involve people, in the continuity of participatory management practices, because only with people in the territories can we protect them and give them a future», said Marlene Guerreiro. , vice-president of the municipality responsible for entrepreneurship, tourism and participation.