Minimisation and improvement

Implementing the EFMA is particularly complex due to the size of the area of intervention, largely related to the area planed for hydro-agriculture, the interconnection and multiplicity of its water infrastructures and cutting-edge technology involved. Working in a territory with such a large group of infrastructures is only possible if accompanied by careful measures that do not compromise its sustainability over time.

In the environmental field, the undertaking's sustainability is based on a commitment to minimise and offset the project's impacts, further know-how and boost positive impacts.

Ambiente
Catarina Mateus

As promoter of the EFMA, EDIA therefore accepts its environmental responsibility and bases its activity on strict criteria when pursuing its environmental policy, especially the use of environmental management suited to its mission and compliance with legislation and environmental commitments, while also endeavouring never to compromise the development potential of the EFMA area of intervention.

The undertaking's overall vision still requires more detailed environmental analysis and division of the system's infrastructures.

Based on this, prior to any EFMA infrastructure building (dams, channels or irrigation blocks), current legislation guarantees potentially associated environmental impact assessments, which includes defining appropriate mitigation and monitoring measures. This assessment includes a wide range of indicators and results in the issue by the governing body of an environmental impact statement (EIS) for each project. This ensures, right in the planning stage, that projects do not compromise medium and long-term environmental sustainability, as the competent authorities define and approve measures for minimising and offsetting the impacts of the infrastructure. The main aim of these measures is to ensure that construction and operation of a facility does not have an irreversible effect on environmental factors that are essential to the conservation of natural resources.

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