Coastal erosion in Portugal could affect more than 60,000 people by the end of the century. Faro Island is the place causing the most concern in the Algarve.
Nova Gala beach, in Figueira da Foz, is one of the places most affected by coastal erosion in Portugal, but the effect of climate change and the rise in sea level threatens more areas in Portugal - Ofir, Costa Nova, Furadouro, Costa da Caparica and the Faro Island are, at the moment, the places of greatest concern.
With global warming and more intense storms, everything points to the problem getting worse in the coming decades. Preliminary data from the National Roadmap for Adaptation 2100, which studies territorial planning for climate change, suggests that by the end of the century more than 60,000 people will be directly affected by coastal erosion. However, the number could increase if population density increases on the coast.
The floods on the beaches and the reforestation of the dunes, to make them stronger, are measures that experts believe should be adopted now to stop the advance of the sea and prevent damage.
The report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change points to the Mediterranean and Portugal as one of the most vulnerable regions in the world to climate change.
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