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Porto Santo Now Part of Biosphere Reserve Project

From today, the 26th of October, the Porto Santo Biosphere Reserve will become part of the Biosphere Reserves Project: Sustainable Territories, Resilient Communities, funded by European Economic Area (EEA) Grants.

According to a statement from the Portugal Biosphere Reserves, “the country’s youngest Biosphere Reserve thus reinforces this joint mission that ensures greater visibility and valorisation of this network of territories classified by UNESCO, as well as its impact on socio-economic development and conservation of both natural and cultural heritage.”

In the presence of financial representatives from the European Economic Area EEA Grants, the signing of the protocol establishing integration took place today in the Municipality of Porto Santo.

The event was attended by the Ambassador of Norway in Portugal, Tove Bruvik Wetberg; the Secretary of State for Planning, Eduardo Pinheiro; the Mayor of Porto Santo, Nuno Batista; Project Coordinator, António Abreu, and the manager of the Biosphere Reserve of The Island of Porto Santo, Licínia Soares.

Furthermore, everyone in attendance agreed that it is vitally important for the island’s population to be involved in the process, in order to create balance and harmony between nature conservation and socio-economic development.

Samantha Gannon

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