A flowing cooperation
Protecting and valuing
our bodies of water

Achieving the coordinated and joint implementation of actions between Spain and Portugal in order to promote and protect the good status of shared bodies of water of the Minho-Sil, Douro, Tagus and Guadiana river basins and their associated ecosystems.

The Albufeira Project was created at the 3rd Conference of the Parties to the Albufeira Convention to face the challenge of managing shared bodies of water and to meet the needs detected by the European Commission when monitoring the Water Framework Directive (WFD).

Working together we are going to achieve…

 

GOALS

KNOWLEDGE

Promoting a greater understanding of the status or the ecological potential of bodies of water and the entire planning process

COORDINATION

Increasing our coordination by optimising working methodologies and tools to manage natural resources jointly

AWARENESS-RAISING

Spreading information and raising awareness about the significance of water resources and its species and habitats

Minho-Sil, Douro, Tagus and Guadiana

68

shared bodies of water to be studied:

4

river basin districts

rivers, reservoirs and transitional waters

58 000

hectares

of protected areas integrated in the Natura 2000 Network in Spain and Portugal

How are we going to protect and value our bodies of water in an economic and sustainable way?

ACTIVITIES AND RESULTS

01.

ACTIVITIES AND RESULTS

Harmonising methodologies to evaluate the status or the ecological potential of shared bodies of water:

A working group analyses procedures and tools

Developing a joint methodology to monitor the status or the ecological potential of shared bodies of water

02.

MONITORING

Seguimiento del estado o potencial ecológico de las masas de agua para la valoración conjunta:

Experimental plan aimed at monitoring transboundary bodies of water

Implementation report of the evaluation programme

03.

ENVIRONMENTAL OBJECTIVES

Improving the coordination and integration of the environmental objectives of the Water Framework Directive and the Habitats Directive:

Forming the transboundary technical team

Transboundary georeferenced inventory of habitat types and species (flora and fauna) associated with the aquatic environment of the Natura 2000 Network

Comparing the environmental objectives of the Water Framework Directive to the additional objectives of the Natura 2000 Network

Official monitoring network of invasive alien species associated with the aquatic environment

We share river basins. We have to protect and learn about this joint source of wealth.

 

AWARENESS-RAISING ACTIONS

Scientific and technical seminars

Upgrading the skills of people responsible for evaluating and managing bodies of water and their habitats

Presentations organised in different municipalities

Discovering the significance of water courses within Sustainable Development

Visits to schools

Discovering the bodies of water and the species and habitats of our environment

LATEST NEWS

Coming events

3/22/22

2/20/22

School activity CEIP Virgen de la Luz (Alconchel) Flow Why does it vary? (5th and 6th grades) 

2/19/22

School activity CEIP Virgen de la Luz (Alconchel) Responsible Consumption (6th grade) + Gymkhana

2/18/22

School activity CEIP Virgen de la Luz (Alconchel) Responsible Consumption (5th grade) + Gymkhana

A way to make Europe

Co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
through the Interreg VA Spain-Portugal Programme (POCTEP) 2014-2020