Do Stakeholder Forum

Subtask Description:
Wrap-up the stakeholder forum conclusions.

Action points of the implementation:

Guadiana Estuary, Portugal (& Spain)

Policy Issue:
Management of the discharges of untreated wastewater into the estuarine environment

Human Activities:
Energy production, tourism, urban activity, agriculture and livestock farming, aquaculture.

General Information:
The estuary is the natural border between Portugal and Spain. On both sides of the estuary, especially in Spain, urban development is taking place, mainly associated with tourism and threatens to increase the inputs of pollutants, namely nutrients and bacteria. Nutrient input is expected to change, not only due to fertilizer application on golf courses, but also due to the river discharge from a large dam, which has accumulated nutrients during its filling. On the Portuguese side, the construction of a large-scale WWTP, designed to serve several urban areas, was successively delayed since it is located within a protected area. The main stakeholder concerns relate to asymmetric development strategies of the two countries and the impact of activities taking place in the watershed on the estuarine and coastal water quality, which has consequences on tourism attractiveness, fisheries, or traditional salt farming.

Example of Implementation:
The Stakeholder Forum for Guadiana Estuary was planned as a day long discussion session, divided in four communication panels followed by a moderated discussion and a poster session.

Figure 1: Photo of one of the stakeholder Forum’s panels.

The most relevant topics of discussion and findings were the following:

Contact: Maria Helena Guimarães,