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Petition to Sr. Paulo Morgado, Sr.ª Presidente Maria Joaquina Matos, Sr. Fernando Manuel Neto Severino

NO to giant Avocado Monocultures! YES to a healthy Algarve! NÃO à monocultura de abacates!

    NÓS ESTAMOS PREOCUPADOS  --- English version below --- Há cerca de dois anos e meio, começou uma grande limpeza de terras perto de Barão de São João. A empresa CITAGO comprou mais de 100 hectares de terra, sendo que 70 destes foram destinados a uma plantação de abacates que é agora a maior monocultura de abacates da Europa. Graças a tecnologia moderna e ao herbicida Montana Sapec, os abacateiros cresceram bastante rápido sem qualquer concorrência por parte de outras espécies de plantas. Com isto, cresceram também as preocupações da população local que puderam testemunhar os efeitos-colaterais deste projecto durante o verão do ano (2017): diminuição de insectos, seguida de uma diminuição das aves, naturalmente relacionados com o uso de herbicidas, bem como, a grande quantidade de água que 21.000 abacateiros precisam para crescer. E tudo isto está a acontecer num momento em que Portugal atravessa o maior período de seca das últimas décadas e em que o Parlamento Europeu discute a proibição da utilização de Glifosato, uma vez que pode provocar cancro. Em Outubro de 2017, pudemos ler no jornal Barlavento que a empresa CITAGO tem planos para criar uma outra monocultura de abacates do tamanho de 45 hectares. Foi exactamente neste momento que o nosso grupo se formou. Alguns habitantes e população local reuniram-se para manifestar a sua preocupação. Em alguns jornais e também na newsletter da Almargem, foram publicados artigos sobre os perigos que o glifosato causa para a saúde humana e para meio ambiente através da sua infiltração nas águas subterrâneas. Também o grande consumo de água e o seu impacto nas áreas envolventes foram mencionados. Em relação a outros países europeus, Portugal dispõe ainda de um ambiente intacto. Nos dias de hoje e dada toda a informação de que dispomos, existe como alternativa a agricultura biológica que em Portugal cresceu cerca de 20% nos últimos 4 anos. Crescimentos económicos e ambientes saudáveis podem não se excluir um ao outro. O objectivo com a assinatura desta carta é o de informar a população em geral sobre os efeitos-colaterais das monoculturas, do grande consumo de água necessário para plantar plantas tropicais no Algarve e do uso de herbicidas. Pensamos que é extremamente necessário evitar a outra plantação de 45 hectares de abacateiros, perto da que existe actualmente. O ideal seria criar-se uma “mesa redonda” com a Câmara Municipal de Lagos, a Citago e a população local. Apesar de existirem diferentes pontos de vista, acreditamos na possibilidade de um entendimento mútuo que poderá beneficiar todos os envolvidos: humanos, plantas, animais, solo, água, ar. Pelo bem do planeta. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- WE ARE CONCERNED    --- versão portuguesa em cima --- About 2 ½ years ago a huge area of land started being cleared of indigenous trees and vegetation near Barão de S. João. CITAGO, the company undertaking the work, had acquired more than 100 hectares. Over 70 were transformed into an Avocado plantation that is now described as the largest Avocado Monoculture in Europe. Thanks to modern technology and the herbicide MONTANA SAPEC, CITAGO’s planted trees have grown extremely rapidly without any ‘competition’ from other plants. Growing also however is the concern of local residents who have witnessed the ‘side effects’ of this project. The summer of 2017 brought the impacts into sharp focus. There was a drop in the prevalence of insects followed by a consequent fall in habitual birdlife which we believe to be related to the use of the herbicide which contains the controversial compound linked to cancer, glyphosate. There was also an incidence of a borehole ‘drying up’ which we fear could be a consequence of the trees’ regular irrigation from underground aquifers. In October 2017 we read in JORNAL BARLAVENTO that CITAGO plans to extend the Monoculture of Avocados by another 45 hectares. This was the moment our group was formed. Some residents and involved people came together to manifest their concern. In some newspapers and also in the newsletter of ALMARGEM articles were published about the health and environmental dangers posed by glyphosate. Also the consumption of water and its impact on the surrounding areas was mentioned. In relation to other European Countries Portugal still has areas of unspoilt countryside. These days too see alternative biological farming methods, which Portugal especially has embraced in the last few years, showing that economic growth can be attained hand-in-hand with a healthy environment. The objective of the people signing this petition is to inform the public about the ‘side effects’ of monocultures and herbicides like Montana Sapec, as well as warn of the high water consumption of tropical plants. We think it is absolutely necessary to avoid another 45 hectares of this avocado plantation. Our goal is to create a Round Table Talk between the CÂMARA MUNICIPAL DE LAGOS, CITAGO and local residents. We believe in the possibility of mutual understanding that can benefit everyone - even in this case where different viewpoints clearly exist.

Terra Saúdável
4,656 supporters
This petition won 3 weeks ago

Petition to Duško Marković

Save Skadar Lake, one of Europe's last true wildernesses, from devastating construction

SCROLL DOWN FOR THE ENGLISH VERSION Sačuvajmo Skadarsko Jezero, jedno od poslednjih Evropskih preživljelih divljina od razorne izgradnje Skadarsko jezero, najveće močvarno na Balkanu, je zatićeni Nacionalni park u Crnoj Gori još od 1983. i dio je svjetske liste zaštićenih močvarnih područja, koja je pod Ramsarskom konvencijom od 1996., kao priznanje za njegovu ogromnu vrijednost kao vodeno stanište. Netaknute kamenite obale jezera, ostrvca, mnoga sa manastirima na njima, močvarna područja, šume vrbe, otvorene vode i milja plutajuće vegetacije koja su dom, kako se procijenjuje za više od 281 vrsta ptica, 48 vrsta riba, 50 vrsta sisara, brojnih vodozemaca i insekata uključujući i neke od najugroženijih životinja u Evropi, kao što je rijedak kudravi pelikan-rezidentna ptica. Ukratko, navedeno predstavlja prirodni raj. Sada je taj raj u velikoj opasnosti od neposredne izgradnje masivnog odmarališta. Ipak, uprkos obavezama Crnogorske Vlade da zaštiti ovo ekološko blago, kao i svoju obavezu da ga čuvaju kao kandidat EMERALD i NATURA 2000, Ministarstvo Turizma I Održivog razvoja je dozvolilo gradnju mega turističkog rizorta, Porto Skadar Lake, uništavajući ekološki karakter ovog posebnog jezera i odričući se svojih strogih propisa, kao što je zabrana gradnje na obali jezera već decenijama. Kompleks, sa 600 luksuznih smještajnih jedinica i 30 vezišta za brodove, je sam vrh ledenog brijega. Novi prostorni plan, izrađen iza zatvorenih vrata, predlaže izgradnju još nekoliko velikih turističkih poduhvata u srcu Nacionalnog Parka, i samim tim uništavanje onog što Nacionalni Park čini posebnim, kao što je dragocijena delta rijeke Morače-značajno međunarodno stanište ptica (IBA) i još mnoštva drugih dijelova. Pojava masovnog turizma u ovoj oblasti stvoriće nesposobnost da se zaštiti životna sredina od velikog broja posjetilaca i pojave ilegalnih aktivnosti. Već imamo jako loše primjere ovog sistema u praksi: zadnjih 15 godina, veći dio Crnogorske obale je nepovratno divljački uništen izgradnjom velikih zgrada, kuća, hotela za tržište. Građani Crne Gore su zauvjek izgubili svoju obalu, od koje nemaju nikakave ekonomske dobiti, osim nekoliko pojedinaca koji rade za minimalne plate. Ovo stanje je odraz postojanja građevinske mafije tj.male grupe tajkuna i Vlade, kako bi se napravio ogroman profit. Ako sada nešto ne preduzmemo, jednostavno Skadarsko jezero, koje je izbjegavalo ovo ludilo do sada, može biti izgubljeno zauvjek. Prirodni kapital je jedan od rijetkih sredstava koji su ostali u Crnoj Gori, a eko-turizam je svijetla ekonomska budućnost za lokalnu zajednicu-ali ovi megalomanski planovi bi okončali status Nacionalnog parka, pokrenuli divlju gradnju i otjerali turiste koji posjećuju region Skadarskog jezera u sve većem broju, koji hvale lokalnu ekonomiju, koja im nudi usluge malih, preduzetničkih poslova kao što su ture brodom, privatan smještaj, domaće vino, med itd.. Postoji ljepši put za naprijed. Zajedno, pozivamo Premijera Crne Gore Duska Markovica, da stavi hitno moratorijum za izgradnju unutar Nacionalnog parka Skadarsko jezero, kao i doživotnu zabranu projekta u Mihailovićima, na zoni gdje je planirana izgradnja kompleksa Porto Skadar Lake, i da se složi sa razvojem naturalnog turizma ili opcijom 1 u prednacrtu buduceg prostornog plana za NPSJ, dozvoljavajući da turizam raste prirodno na jezeru, poštujući životnu sredinu Nacionalnog parka i postojećih strogih pravila zaštite.   SAVE SKADAR LAKE, ONE OF EUROPE'S LAST TRUE WILDERNESSES, FROM DEVASTATING CONSTRUCTION Skadar Lake, the largest wetland in the Balkans, has been a protected National Park in Montenegro since 1983 and was added to the World List of Internationally Important Wetlands, held by Ramsar, in 1996 in recognition of its enormous value as an aquatic habitat. Now at threat from imminent building of a massive resort, the lake’s untouched rocky shores, islets, marshlands, willow forests, open waters and miles of floating vegetation are home to an estimated 281 species of birds, 48 species of fish, 50 species of mammals, numerous amphibians, reptiles and insects including some of Europe’s most threatened wildlife such as the rare Dalmatian Pelican – a resident bird. In short, it is a natural paradise. Yet despite commitments made by Montenegro’s current Government to protect this ecological treasure, including its obligations to conserve it as a candidate EMERALD and NATURA 2000 site, the Ministry of Tourism and Sustainable Development is permitting the construction of a mega tourist resort, Porto Skadar Lake, destroying the ecological character of this special lake and waiving its own strict regulations, which have prohibited building at the lake’s shore for decades. The complex, with its plans to sleep 600 in “luxury” and provide berths for 30 boats, is just the tip of the iceberg. A new spatial plan drafted behind closed doors proposes the construction of several more big tourist infrastructures at Skadar Lake National Park and the removal of some areas of the National Park altogether, such as the precious Moraca River delta – an Important Bird Area (IBA). This is mass tourism in an area which has almost no capability to protect the environment from huge volumes of visitors or monitor for illegal activities. We already have a terrible example of how the system works: within the last fifteen years, much of the Montenegrin coast has been savagely destroyed by the large-scale construction of flats, houses and hotels for the market. Montenegrins have lost their coast forever, with most not even benefiting economically, while the “construction mafia” (the presumed alliance between a small group of tycoons and some in Government) have made enormous profits. If we don’t take action now, precious Skadar Lake, which has escaped this building frenzy until now, could be lost forever. Natural capital is one of the few assets left in Montenegro, with eco-tourism a bright economic future for local communities at the lake – but these plans would end its National Park status internationally and drive away the nature tourists who are visiting Skadar Lake in growing numbers, boasting the local economy with their preference for services from small, owner-managed businesses offering boat tours, private accommodation, etc. THERE IS A BETTER WAY FORWARD. TOGETHER WE CALL ON MONTENEGRO’S PRIME MINISTER DUSKO MARKOVIC TO PUT AN IMMEDIATE MORATORIUM ON NEW BUILDING INSIDE SKADAR LAKE NATIONAL PARK, INCLUDING THE PERMANENT ABANDONMENT OF PROJECTS IN THE MIHAILOVICI ZONING AREA WHERE PORTO SKADAR LAKE IS PLANNED, AND AGREE NATURAL TOURISM OPTION 1 IN THE DRAFT OF FUTURE SPATIAL PLAN FOR NPSL, ALLOWING TOURISM TO CONTINUE TO GROW NATURALLY AT THE LAKE, IN HARMONY WITH THE NATIONAL PARK ENVIRONMENT AND EXISTING RULES FOR ITS STRICT PROTECTION.  

Milan Knezevic
13,519 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Newcastle city council

Don't Hem in Havannah

Newcastle Great Park Consortium wants to build 1,200 houses and two schools within metres of Havannah and Three Hills Nature Reserve, in Newcastle upon Tyne. Havannah and Three Hills is a designated Local Nature Reserve and Local Wildlife Site and a last haven for red squirrels in Newcastle. Several protected species, including birds, bats, badgers and great crested newt depend on the reserve and surrounding fields, which are used by several threatened bird species, including skylark, linnet, curlew, lapwing, yellow hammer and grey partridge. Havannah is one of only two areas of lowland heath in Newcastle and provides habitat for twenty butterfly species – including the rare Dingy Skipper – and hundreds of moth species. Land around the reserve currently acts as a buffer zone between red and grey squirrels. Greys carry the deadly pox virus and outcompete reds for food, but 1,000+ houses with gardens would see the loss of this important buffer zone and grey squirrels would quickly colonise the reserve, wiping out the red squirrels. The proposed number of houses far exceeds the number originally intended for the site. The Core Strategy and Urban Core Plan allocated land for 880 houses - not 1,200. The application is flawed in terms of the principle and legality of the proposed location of playing fields in Cell B1 and the proposed residential development in Cell A.  Increased recreational activity and the introduction of more domestic pets in and around the reserve will have severe adverse effects on wildlife, which will be compounded by light spill, noise and other disturbance.  So many houses in such close proximity to the reserve would devastate local wildlife populations and threaten a nationally significant red squirrel population.  Please sign the petition to ask Newcastle City Council to significantly reduce the proposed number of houses on site and preserve one of Newcastle’s most important wildlife habitats.

Save Newcastle Wildlife
5,807 supporters