I have just read an article on the Huffington Post that really pleased me, as it places Lagos in front of their massive readership, but it needs some corrections. You can read their article and join their Facebook page, links are at the bottom of this article.
Having visited the Algarve since 1979, I have seen the Algarve beautiful coastline transformed in a real concrete jungle since then, destroying the very reason that I and many other tourists visit the region year after year. Which is to enjoy its natural beauty, its nature and unspoiled spots.
Our beaches in the Algarve are under severe attack from property developers.
In the last few years alone we have experienced the drive by a developer to gain access to the Port de Mos beach, and various other developers are targeting Meia Praia in Lagos currently. Then we have the cases of Albufeira and Olhos d' Água that saw planning permission being granted for developments to be built on cliff tops.
When asked, most people love their beaches. They are just not aware that their daily actions destroy the very things they like and love. In fact, many of our actions not only destroy beaches but also to a larger extent, our terrestrial and marine environments.
Obviously, our societies will need to make major environmentally friendly adjustments.
Not surprisingly, the main threats to our beaches arise from human activity.
Here are the most important ones, which are:
Many of us do not know if our beaches are sick or not. And we often think that the health of a beach has to do with the with the amount of sand either in the sea or on the land. But that is not the case.
There is no need to spend decades of laborious monitoring of the sand in order to qualify the health of a given beach. (In fact sand mass monitoring does not say anything about beach health at all). But some knowledge of a beach's history could serve to advantage; much like a physician takes clues from a patient's history.