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Win for Ericeira World Surfing Reserve: 15 hectares preserved for restoration and permanent protection

Years in the making, the Portuguese WSR makes a commitment to coastal restoration and water quality management.

The Local Stewardship Council (LSC) announced plans for permanently protecting a critically important zone of the Ericeira coastline while also restoring native habitat.  This project prevents encroaching development in the coastal zone, creates natural resiliency in the face of climate change, and provides access and recreation for the community.  At the same time, the Municipality of Mafra, a key member of the LSC, committed significant resources to the planning and construction of new infrastructure to address long-held concerns over water quality in the WSR.

Key Takeaways:

  • 15 hectares of coastal property for restoration and permanent preservation

  • Over 7 million euros slated for a new sewage treatment system

  • New MOU was signed with Ericeira WSR partners that delineates an updated governance structure and commits to primary conservation goals in the Stewardship Plan

As the Ericeira Pro contest went on in the background, the Ericeira World Surfing Reserve hosted the final day of the Global Wave Conference and welcomed participants on a tour of the surf breaks of the Reserve. Local leaders presented the critically important coastal restoration project mentioned above near Praia de Empa and Save The Waves hosted a workshop highlighting the stewardship work and approach of the entire World Surfing Reserve network.

In a powerful recommitment to the work of conservation, the leaders of the Local Stewardship Council also signed an MOU with Save The Waves committing to shared goals in the Ericeira World Surfing Reserve Stewardship Plan.

These goals include protecting the water quality around the surf ecosystem, ensuring safe management of surf schools, continuing to protect open land and manage encroaching coastal development, and work towards legal protection in the coastal zone around Ericeira. 

This was all made possible by the hard work, dedication and collaboration of the Local Stewardship Council members of the Ericeira World Surfing Reserve.  This partnership includes representation from the Municipality of Mafra, Ericeira Surf Clube, Salvem O Surf, and Associação dos Amigos da Baía dos Coxos (AABC).  It is clear from this success that protecting surf ecosystems requires the commitment and dedication of elected government as well as civil society organizations for large-scale ecosystem conservation to be durable and lasting.

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