EPRALIMA promotes walk on the ecovia
On April 12, Epralima employees took a walk along the banks of the river once, one of the many activities included in the school’s annual activity plan. This walk aims at sensitizing the school community to the practice of sustainable and responsible tourism. About 50 employees participated in this initiative, making their contribution by collecting traces of plastic and other waste near the river bed, promoting a better environment and alerting to the practice of responsible tourism that does not harm nature, preserving ecosystems.
The river was once chosen to develop this activity, due to its high natural and scenic value, allowing a responsible use of this resource along the ecovia. It is considered one of the cleanest rivers in Europe.
The walk starts in the village of Sistelo, considered one of the seven wonders of Portugal. The village of Sistelo is part of the natura network and in 2009 this area was classified by UNESCO as a world biosphere reserve.
Along the banks of the river once and in a way to sustain the movement of lands, preserving the ecovia, were used environmentally friendly materials and that are mixed with the vegetation, according to the example shown in the picture below.
During the course, the garbage was collected. We were surprised by the positive, since there was little waste to collect. We conclude that the visitors of this ecovia are friends of the environment and people aware of environmental issues. We aim, next year, when we repeat the activity, of not finding any “abandoned” waste. The world is changing mentalities and environmental problems have to be part of this change.