Portugal’s first endorsed One Planet Living Community
Pelicano, developers of the Mata de Sesimbra eco-tourism project in Portugal were the first to take up the One Planet Living challenge in 2003 when they agreed to develop and manage the project following the ten One Planet Living principles. The €1 billion project is an integrated sustainable building, tourism, nature conservation and reforestation programme.
The 8,000-unit, 25,000-bed development will use sustainable building materials and renewable energy throughout. The 5,300 ha site will combine a 4,800 ha nature reserve and native pine and oak forest restoration project with a 500 ha tourism development comprising up to 8,000 units. BioRegional and WWF will work with the Portuguese project team over a ten-year period as advisors.
The construction cost will be €800 million; the public transport and road network will cost € 90 million; the green sports, leisure and cultural facilities will cost €105 million; and the reforestation and quarry restoration programme will initially cost €20 million, with further funds for nature conservation guaranteed over a 50-year period.
For further information and an overview of the Mata de Sesimbra SAP visit here.
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