The main objective is to raise awareness on how to reduce the impact of plastics on ecosystems. The creation of a prototype of an “EcoBarrier” in one of Guimarães’ urban water lines, as well as customised filters for waste retention in rainwater drains, are some of the solutions we will develop. Furthermore, “Aqualastic” contemplates an important axis of education, training and awareness of citizens to reduce the use of plastic, developing communication campaigns and environmental education actions.

The promotion of the circular economy will be another focus, through actions that will aim at the dissemination of waste recovery strategies and projects, namely single-use plastic waste, as well as the recovery of the waste itself collected through the green infrastructures created. Aqualastic: Educate, Reduce and Valorize” has a total budget of 63 thousand euros. The Environmental Fund aims to support environmental policies for the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda, adopted by the United Nations.

There is still much to do in the defence of the natural heritage of Guimarães that makes us so proud. Watch the documentary we prepared under the Aqualastic project.

Plastic Rivers – Photographic exhibition

In Guimarães, despite the work done over the last few years, with remarkable results, there are still many behaviours that need to be eliminated. In a simple walk along the two main water courses of Guimarães – river Ave and river Selho – the pollution jumps to sight, in the most varied forms, plastic or other products of single use. This exhibition is the result of the work of photographers André Brito and Joaquim Beteriano.  An opportunity to rethink our daily behaviour.

What is happening

The "EcoBarrier" aims to contribute to the reduction of floating litter in the Selho river. The structure has two main functions: a retention and accumulation area for floating rubbish, essentially single-use plastic waste, cigarette butts, cans etc., and a retention and potential treatment area for the water body, supported by the floating island concept, in which aquatic plants with purifying characteristics are integrated. Cork was the material used in the construction of the floating islands, thus enabling the cultivation of plants in hydroponics, and the entire EcoBarrier was built based on sustainable materials and without any impact on the aquatic ecosystem", said Nuno Silva, researcher from the Landscape Lab. - Selho River (Next to the Landscape Lab)
The placement of three customised retention filters at the entrances to the drainage systems located in the urban network, commonly referred to as stormwater gutters, enables the retention and characterisation of waste from urban runoff, thus acting downstream of the water lines. - City centre
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