Ria de Alvor is one of the most important coastal wetlands in southern Portugal. This rich estuarine ecosystem includes sand dunes, mudflats, salt marshes and salinas, supporting a diverse, specialised flora and fauna.
Since 1986, A Rocha Portugal’s work has been based at a field study centre overlooking Ria de Alvor, and so many of our research projects have focused on the estuary and adjacent areas of traditional farmland and semi-natural scrubland, data which has formed the basis of its designation as a Natura 2000 site. This has enabled the conservation value of the area to be recognised at the local, national and European level.
Despite its obvious cultural and ecological value, A Rocha Portugal has been leading a prolonged legal campaign to protect the site from inappropriate and illegal developments.