Thursday, 30 June 2016
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asmaa2Aljezur offshore drilling update: feedback from Lisbon events last Wednesday, June 22nd 

Last week was an eventful week. Two demonstrations, handing over of opposition submissions to Portuguese Parliament and to the management of DGRM followed by a very successful “Manifesta” in Aljezur on Saturday the 25 June.

OceanFossil fuels, seawater and tourism do not mix

“Many of your tourists come to the Algarve for the beaches and the sea. Your government shouldn’t think about giving concessions in your offshore areas to oil companies. It’s like they want to play Russian roulette with your environment and your economy”

Protecting ourselves in the event of a Forest Fire - Seminar, June 30thAs we approach the Critical Fire period when the fire risk substantially increases, it is important that we know how to help protect ourselves and property should a fire occour.

The Municipality of Monchique and Safe Communities Algarve have therefore joined together to hold a seminar to address this important subject. Whereas the emphasis at previous seminars has been the preventative steps that should be taken well before the critical fire period, this time we will focus more on how to protect our homes should a fire actually occour.

Veggies Boxes - Hortas do ValeBiodynamic Farming in CSA model - The Hortas do Vale is a project of fresh and processed vegetable production and distribution inspired on CSA (Community Supported Agriculture).

This year a small part of Vale da Lama farm will be transformed into a vegetable garden. Mattia, the gardener, has been working on this spot since March and we can already see the change. The production is partially located to the Ecoresort and Summer camps, but also we are creating a group of people that supports a local farm in a half or long term compromise. This accord guarantees quick access to fresh, local and seasonal products from a reliable farmer, creating a deeper connection with the land. In fact, the farmer would be always available for reconsidering members’ needs and happy to show the field together with the farming techniques whenever required.

oilrig2ASMAA has announced that they it is very thankful that the Prime Minister Antonio Costa had made himself available to delegations from anti-oil activist groups and associations during his visit to Loulé in his capacity of Prime Minister and as head of the Socialist Party on Saturday the 14th May.

In what is probably a first in Portugal, the fact that the Prime Minister agreed to meet activist group leaders is in itself a very unusual gesture on the part of any government, but in Portugal it is especially relevant. 

ASMAA’s management team is truly thankful for having been given that opportunity, and to be able to pose some pertinent questions.

oilrig2"ASMAA needs the help of readers to fund the distribution of 150,000 petition forms into homes across the region."

This appeal from the Algarve's independent anti-oil and gas environmental group heralds the launch of a regional distribution of petition forms and information flyers which will be delivered to every Algarve household over the next few weeks.

"Petroleum in Algarve"We all know the problems that our planet’s environment faces. And we all know the advantages of sustainable energies. However, what few people know is that since 2002 the Portuguese administration decided to open several public tenders for the prospection, exploration and production of oil in some regions of the country.

As an answer to this decision, we are a group of Portuguese citizens, working on cinema and advertising, that wants through a three minute film to inform all who ignore what as been done and worst what will be made, in the matter of prospection, exploration and production of oil in Portugal, which will have its biggest focus in the Algarve region and ending with a message to the global population.

How to Get a Local Voice to Stop Fracking in AlgarveExpats make up nearly 20% of local residents in the Algarve ... should your voice not be heard?

If you do not get control of your town and council representatives, you will have no protection against frackers (such as Sousa Cintra’s Portfuel for example) drilling wildcat wells in your own backyard. No protection from damaged roads. No way to prevent frackers from dumping fracking waste on your doorstep, or dumping radioactive toxic drill cuttings in local landfills, and so much more …

CLICK HERE for more information.