The battle against the sea – Coastal erosion in Portugal

Jul 20, 2023 | Environmental, People, Videos

The fight against climate change is becoming an increasingly pressing issue in our world today. In Portugal’s north, a community is fighting a battle against rising sea levels and coastal erosion. The desperate situation is endangering homes, beach promenades, and livelihoods. However, the story doesn’t end here. The documentary explores the inspiring resilience and spirit of local residents and authorities, who are coming together to create innovative solutions.
As environmental authorities work tirelessly to concede coastal homes to the ocean, fisherman Vítor Cacheira has become an advocate for affected families. In his role as a town councilor, he’s promoting a resettlement program which provides secure housing for those who are vulnerable. Meanwhile, surfing instructor João Paulo’s business model is at stake as the beach at Furadouro erodes. Restaurant owner Abel Vieira fears his ancestral village could be swept away by the sea. Their stories, sprinkled with elements of hope, action, and effective governance, form the compelling narrative of this documentary.

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