Portugal: Environmentalists Oppose Guadiana River Desal, Diversion Plans

4 Mar 2021 by Local Press Report

Plataforma Água Sustentável (PAS) – a group of eight environmental associations and NGOs in the Algarve – has publicly opposed “the construction of desalination plants and the diversion of water from the Guadiana River” as solutions to the Algarve’s chronic water shortages. Both projects are included in Portugal’s Plan for Recovery and Resilience, which is currently up for public consultation and features €200 million to improve the Algarve’s water efficiency. PAS fears the projects proposed will see private companies making a profit from public funding at the cost of fundamental human needs, i.e. access to safe water.