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Environment Minister’s coastal defence plan limps along

donaanaPortugal’s pro-oil Environment Minister, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, is concerned about rising water levels and their effect on the national coastline but the €150 million set aside to bolster coastal defences is not yet spent and he is keen to approve more work.

At a Lisbon seminar, ‘The Coastal Zone of Portugal – how can we defend it?’ the minister said that the programme already has seen the approval of 50 kilometres of coastal work but the work needs to be accelerated.


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