Loulé City Council received, this Friday, November 3rd, two “ODSlocal” awards: one for the “Aspirante Geoparque Algarvensis Loulé-Silves-Albufeira” project and another for a set of actions in favor of the goals set out in the 2030 Agenda for United Nations. The award ceremony took place in Viana do Castelo.
These awards aim to choose projects that stand out for their positive impact on the ground, their ability to inspire and their high potential for replicability.
Alongside Matosinhos and Torres Vedras, Loulé was one of three Portuguese municipalities distinguished for work that was created almost a decade ago. In total, there are 130 good practices mapped, 76 projects and 234 indicators in this territory, which are identified on the ODSlocal Platform.
According to the jury for these awards, one of these practices, mapped on the Portal, and which has a particularly positive impact on achieving the SDG goals, is the Aspiring Geopark Algarvensis Loulé-Silves-Albufeira to UNESCO World Geopark.
This project integrates a territorial area with well-defined limits, which has a geological heritage of great importance at national and international level, combining a geoconservation strategy and a set of environmental education and awareness policies, with the promotion of sustainable socioeconomic development based on geotourism activities, involving local communities, contributing to the appreciation and promotion of local products.
«We are very happy with these two more distinctions in the scope of sustainability, one of which values the vast work of the Municipality in an area that is crucial to the future of the Planet, and the other which is an inter-municipal strategic project, the Aspirante Geoparque Algarvensis Loulé-Silves- Albufeira. At this time, it is important to reinforce this partnership between the three municipalities to pursue and bring a new dynamic to this territory, through a holistic approach, always keeping in mind harmonious and sustainable development», says Vítor Aleixo, mayor of Loulé.
The ODSlocal Awards are a partnership between the National Council for the Environment and Sustainable Development (CNADS), OBSERVA (ICS-University of Lisbon), MARE (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and 2adapt, and are supported by the Foundation “ la Caixa”.