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Portuguese environmentalists argue that the General Agricultural Policy Plan does not promote more sustainable agriculture.

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Portuguese environmentalists argue that the General Agricultural Policy Plan does not promote more sustainable agriculture.

The proposed PEPAC structure for Portugal was recently published by the Office of Planning, Policy and General Administration (GPP) of the Ministry of Agriculture. PEPAC is critical to the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy (PAC) 2022-27 in Portugal, and its design and implementation will shape the future of national biodiversity.

According to 14 Portuguese environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the proposal of the PEPAC structure shows that “the intentions of the Portuguese state regarding the application of CAP 2022-27 funding have not changed significantly compared to the previous community structure. “that” it continues to pursue a real reform of the application of this policy in Portugal, capable of transforming the agricultural sector towards its environmental and social sustainability “and that this document” will not adequately contribute to the fulfillment of the objectives of the European Environmental Pact, in particular, on the 2030 Biodiversity Conservation Strategy, the Prado a Prato Strategy and the EU’s Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Goals.

Therefore, environmental organizations are demanding more transparency in the development of this policy instrument, demanding a more environmentally friendly PEPAC that increases the benefits this activity can bring to nature.

Signatory NGOs: A Rocha – Christian Association for the Study and Protection of the Environment; VILLAGE – Action, Freedom, Development, Education, Research, Environment; Almargem – Association for the Protection of the Cultural and Environmental Heritage of the Algarve; ANP | WWF – Associação Natureza Portugal, in collaboration with WWF; ATNature – Association for Grazing Livestock and Nature; FAPAS – Portuguese Biodiversity Conservation Association; GEOTA – Spatial Planning and Environment Study Group; LPN – League for the Protection of Nature; Palombar – conservation of nature and rural heritage; QUERCUS – National Association for the Conservation of Nature; SPBotânica – Portuguese Society of Botany; SPEA – Portuguese Society for the Study of Birds; SPECO – Portuguese Environmental Society; and ZERO – Sustainable Ground Systems Association.

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Subscribers also criticized the Portuguese PEPAC’s discussion and development process, stating that it “did not sufficiently involve these civil society organizations who have always contributed position papers and proposals, which they shared with the office responsible for its architecture, always making themselves. available for workshops and dialogues that have never happened ”(even with other interlocutors, for example, in the field of health, consumer rights and human rights), and therefore we consider the current proposal as“ not very transparent and not very inclusive ”.

In a joint position paper presented today to the Ministries of Agriculture, Environment and Climate, as well as parliamentary groups, NGOs highlight some aspects of Portugal’s architectural proposal that they believe require “in-depth analysis”.

Thus, 14 organizations protect:

  1. CAP, which rewards those who do the best by compensating farmers according to the level of improvement in environmental and climate performance;
  2. CAP, which produces organic food, ensuring that 30% of direct production aid contributes to environmental benefits and climate action;
  3. CAP, which encourages biodiversity, creates more space for nature and supports ALL farms that promote GREAT biodiversity values ​​and landscape elements, especially in the Natura 2000 network;
  4. A GAC that is responsive to the goals of the Paris Agreement and aligned with national climate change adaptation and mitigation policies;
  5. CAP, which does not support new irrigation projects that threaten the conservation of agro-ecosystems and the well-being of our rivers and streams, and the people and biodiversity that depend on them.

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Every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year, and this is “inconceivable”.

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Every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year, and this is "inconceivable".

President of the Portuguese Federation of Food Banks Against Hunger Isabelle Jonet considers food waste unacceptable and absurd, as every Portuguese wastes 183 kg of food a year.

As World Food Loss and Waste Awareness Day is celebrated, speaking at a conference on the subject in Lisbon, the official recalled statistics released by the National Statistical Institute and said the situation was “worse than expected.”

The data, official and published for the first time, refers to 2020 and shows that 1.89 million tons of food was wasted in Portugal this year, so each Portuguese wasted an average of 183.6 kilograms of food.

INE statistics show that families spend the most. The figures show that over 1.2 million tons of food was wasted by families this year, followed by catering with over 237 thousand tons, trade and distribution with 214 thousand tons, primary production with over 101 thousand tons and food . industry, about 61 thousand tons.

“We buy too much, we buy bad, we let it go bad. It is unacceptable that a third of what is produced ends up in the trash,” the official said, speaking at a debate organized by the United Movement Against Waste.

Ana Cristina Carrola of the Portuguese Environmental Protection Agency (APA), who also took part in the debate, stressed that the average amount of waste per year per inhabitant in the European Union is 173 kg, less than the 183 kg that is thrown away by the Portuguese.

“This is unthinkable in our day,” he lamented.

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Thanks to goals from Evanilson and Pepe, Porto beat Braga in Portuguese; Sporting wins too

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Thanks to goals from Evanilson and Pepe, Porto beat Braga in Portuguese;  Sporting wins too



Evanilson scored four goals in eight matches in the 2022/23 Portuguese Liga (Photo: MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP)

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After the draw in the last round Portuguese Championship, Porto won again. This Friday, the defending champions thrashed Braga 4-1 at the Dragau Stadium. Goals came from Evanilson, Eustaquio, Pepe and Galeno. Defender Pepe, against, got to the opponent.

Ex-Fluminense Evanilson opened the scoring in the 32nd minute of the opening stage. Eustaquio tried to make a cross and the Brazilian forward appeared on the second post to prop up his chest. Two minutes later, Pepe filed Eustaquio, who sent the ball into an empty net.

In the final stage, the Portuguese-Brazilian defender Pepe tried to cut off a low cross, but sent him into his own net. Pepe, the former Gremio who assisted, got it from Taremi after a beautiful move that extended the game in the 18th minute. In addition, the Brazilian Galeno closed the account in the north of Portugal.

– I am very happy to score again and, above all, for this victory. A match we knew would be difficult, against a strong opponent who was in good sequence, but in which we managed to impose our rhythm and win three points in front of our fans. Now it’s time to rest and get back to work, already thinking about the next challenge, which is also very important for us, – said Evanilson after the match.

SPORTING TOO WINS

Another great player to take the field this Friday is Sporting CP. In Lisbon, on José de Alvalade, the Lions beat Gil Vicente 3-1. For Rubén Amorim’s side, Morita, Pote Gonçalves and Rocinha scored. Fran Navarro scored in stoppage time.



Sporting CP are the vice-leaders of Portugal (Photo: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)

Sporting CP are the vice-leaders of Portugal (Photo: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP)

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Portuguese tennis player Gonçalo Oliveira in the doubles final of the Lisbon Belém Open

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Oliveira and Kolar defeated France’s Manuel Guinard and Venezuela’s Luis David Martínez in the semi-finals for first place in the series, in straight sets with partial scores of 6-1 and 6-2 after 58 minutes of play.

In the title match, they will take on the Ukrainian duo of Vladislav Manafov and Oleg Prikhodko, who eliminated Jivan Nedunchezhyan of India and Christopher Rungkat of Indonesia 6-4 and 6-2 in the semi-finals.

For the 27-year-old Portuguese tennis player, this will be his 31st doubles final at the ATP Challenger Tour and third at the Lisboa Belém Open after reaching the final in 2017 with compatriot Frederico Gil and champion in 2020 with Dominican Roberto Cid Subervi.

In singles, Italian Marco Cecchinato, semi-finalist of Roland Garros in 2018, beat Spaniard Carlos Taberner 7-6 (7-2) and 6-4, scheduling a meeting in the semi-final with the “Reserve” Kazakh Timofey Skatov, responsible for eliminating Frenchman Benoit Pera, in three matches, with a score of 6-4, 2-6 and 7-5.

The other semi-final of the Lisbon tournament will be discussed between Austrian Filip Mizolich, who defeated Giulio Zeppieri 6-4 today, and Frenchman Luca van Assche, the executioner of compatriot Alexander Müller, who finished seventh. parts 6-4 and 7-5.

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