The Alqueva Multi-purpose Undertaking’s catchment area (EFMA) is a region with low population density and a high development rate. The population has been decreasing in recent decades, particularly in inland areas and Baixo Alentejo.
The area is highly vulnerable to desertification and has very irregular rainfall, with cyclical periods of drought.
In this context, the EFMA is an instrument for essential priority intervention throughout Alentejo, the permanent effects of which are the revitalisation of economic activity in the region and settlement of its inhabitants.
The concept behind its creation is aimed at balanced, sustainable development based on environmental, economic and spatial planning requirements in the area in which the EFMA’s direct and indirect influence is felt.
Aware of the importance of its mission, EDIA has followed an environmental policy aimed at fostering sustainable development in its catchment area and furthering, mitigating, and boosting the impacts of the Undertaking.
In 2013, EDIA defined strategic areas for implementation of its sustainability policy:
- Water management;
- Infrastructure management;
- Promotion of irrigation;
- Regional development;
These areas are complemented by company-wide activities.
This is how EDIA contributes to the economic and social development in its area of intervention, based on appropriate, proactive environmental management, with the involvement of all its employees, the communities covered by its work and society.