Rosa Palma, president of the Chamber of Silves, and Manuel Prudêncio, president of the Armação de Pêra Fishermen's Association, were present at the 28th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP28), taking place in Dubai, where they released the Recife do Algarve Marine Natural Park – Pedra do Valado.
The Minister of the Environment also participated in this session, who defended the need for a consensus so that the process can be replicated in other areas of the country.
Duarte Cordeiro even considered it «important to have everyone in the same boat to maintain commitments for the future and be able to replicate this process».
In a note sent to the press, the Chamber of Silves highlighted the fact that the Recife do Algarve Marine Natural Park was part of COP28.
Rosa Palma welcomed the creation of this protected marine area, with its heart in Armação de Pêra Bay.
«It is an innovative and differentiating experience that brings people together», he said.
The marine area of around 156 square kilometers, which covers the coast of Silves, Albufeira and Lagoa, aims to safeguard biodiversity and existing natural values, as well as enhancing the local fishing community.
The event was also marked by statements from the United Nations special envoy for the Oceans Peter Thompson, who demanded a greater role for the Oceans, calling for the COP to have the Oceans at the center of discussions on the climate agenda.
The president of the Institute for the Conservation of Nature and Forests Nuno Banza and representatives of the Center for Marine Sciences (CCMar) of the University of Algarve and the Oceano Azul Foundation were also present.