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Algarve Avocado Battle – Impacts on water usage and natural Algarve landscape

on March 28, 2019

First was the golf, now it’s Avocado.

This is a summary of news and articles about the Avocado issue in Algarve in the last three years. Last Update on June 2020.


May 2020. Launch of the crowdfunding campaign promoted by Regenerarte Association to stop the Avocado Monoculture in Lagos council, from abusing 200 hectares of land, once a beautiful natural landscape, and today forced to produce a high water consuming product like Avocado (native from Tropical countries like Brazil and Mexico). Today more than 3,5 MILLION LITERS of water are being used to water 50.000 AVOCADO TREES!

Please donate and share this campaign on e-mail and social media!


The Algarve Post. November 2019. Lagos citizens condemn government as avocado monocultures grow in the Algarve

Abstract: A group of citizens in Lagos created a group to denounce cases of environmental corruption in the Algarve, as monocultures of Avocado in the region expand. Read more here


Eco123 Magazine. October 2019. Reserva Natural Destruida Por Plantaçao de Abacate

Abstract: Clive Viney é coautor (com Ray Tipper) do livro “Algarve Wildlife the natural year”. Sendo amante da Natureza e residente em Tavira há anos, está muito preocupado com a erosão e a destruição que tem observado na reserva natural junto a Castro Marim. Parte da reserva foi transformada numa plantação de abacate, “a plantação da Read more here (portuguese version). Idílio Revez 19 de Novembro de 2018–  Nos terrenos destinados ao golfe plantam-se agora abacateiros

Abstract: Nos últimos seis anos não se construíram campos de golfe no Algarve. Mas, a contracorrente do discurso dominante do abandono das terras, está-se a plantar pomares de abacates em propriedades que estavam destinadas à construção de dois campos de golfe, que se iriam juntar aos 38 existentes na região.  O Algarve já conta mais de mil hectares de pomares desta espécie e soma e segue com novas plantações para o próximo ano. Read more here


ECO123. October 2018. Author: Uwe Headlamp – Monoculture: an outdated model

Abstract: Risks: what would happen to the harvest of a whole year if a plague of grasshoppers ate all the leaves of the avocado trees in the monoculture; what would happen if bad weather with storms, tornados, hail, heavy rainfall and floods destroyed the whole of a year’s harvest; and what if artificial irrigation had to be severely restricted owing to a long period of drought? Read more here


Algarve Daily news. 9 November 2017 – Almargem joins western Algarve avocado battle

Abstract: Environmental association Almargem has put its weight behind Barão de São João locals protesting at the wholesale destruction of natural Algarve trees, removed as part of a land clearance operation to make way for a vast avocado farm. Cork oaks and carob trees have been destroyed by fruit company Citago*, based near Loulé, which commissioned land clearance across nearly 80 hectares of countryside – with more planned. Read more here about Avocado trees irrigation needs


Petition from Loulé community on  to stop the land destruction in Barão de S. João. Read more here



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