CCDR Algarve is “evaluating and analyzing” judicial decision on Lagoa dos Salgados

Court ruled in favor of the company that wants to build a mega-project in Praia Grande, in Silves

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The Algarve Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR) guarantees that it is “evaluating and analyzing the ruling of the Supreme Administrative Court” which could call into question the creation of the Lagoa dos Salgados Natural Reserve, together with the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Action, with the Institute for Nature and Forest Conservation and the Municipality of Silves.

In a ruling dated September 7th, the Supreme Administrative Court gave favor to the company Finalgarve, which intends to build a mega-project in Praia Grande, in Silves.

In the decision, the court considered that there was a tacit deferral of the Environmental Conformity Declaration (DECAPE) favorable to the project, because CCDR Algarve's response to a request from the promoter, in 2017, was given after the 50 working days required by law for that purpose.

The CCDR subsequently issued two unfavorable environmental compliance decisions in June 2018, which, this entity claims, was what was at issue in this court case.

"A algarvian linaria is a protected species under Annex II and Annex IV of the Habitats Directive, presenting a category of risk of extinction in Portugal of “near threatened”, according to the criteria of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), to which the State Portuguese is linked», describes the CCDR

«The opportunity is taken to mention that since the “non-compliance” decision issued in 2017, the proponent presented several reports on the surveys carried out on the distribution of algarvian linaria, which confirmed the existence of the occurrence of this species in the location».

«On January 20, 2022, new Environmental Conformity Reports of the Execution Project (RECAPE) were presented, relating to the Infrastructure Project and the UE 1 Hotel of the Praia Grande PP, and an Environmental Conformity Decision of the Execution Project was issued ( DCAPE) with a “non-compliant” meaning on 07/06/2022», concluded the Algarve CCDR.