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Problems

As of public knowledge, a significant portion of Comporta’s territory is being sold, following the bankruptcy of the Espírito Santo Group (GES) and in the context of the financial resolution of associated companies.

Herdade da Comporta (HdC), which covers 12,500 hectares, is owned by two companies: HdC – Actividades Agro Silvícolas e Turísticas, SA and Herdade da Comporta – Fundo Especial de Investimento Imobiliário Fechado, both controlled by the majority holding company in Rio de Janeiro.

The Fund holds 1,180 hectares, where two tourism projects were initiated by GES and suspended after the collapse of Banco Espírito Santo (BES), which are now in the process of being sold.

According to the initial plan of the HdC fund, there are two areas of tourism development (ADT) for sale:

  • Comporta Dunes (ADT3 – NDT Carvalhal): 1011 Ha (551 Ha urbanisables), east of Praia do Pego
  • Comporta Links (ADT2): 365 Ha, between Comporta Village and the Tower
  • Other land: 4 ha, between Lagoas and Possanco

The urban planning authorized by the municipalities of Grândola and Alcácer do Sal allows very high construction in 639,000 m² (349,000 m² for Dunes and 289,000 m² for Links).

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The construction of a number of buildings with a very high density and brutal ecological impacts is therefore authorized and it must be added the environmental consequences of infrastructures, roads and other common parts.

According to the known urban development plan of the two ADTs, hotels, residential complexes and golf courses were designed at Comporta Dunes to house a total of 1840 rooms, apartments and villas.

At Comporta Links, there were plans to build 1553 rooms, apartments and villas in different residential and hotel units. (see table below).

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An urban plan that is a result of old policies, based on misconceptions about the long-term public interest and conceived without a strategic vision that defends the well-being of citizens and the balance of the ecosystem of Comporta.

Together, these constructions and manipulations of the territory constitute a deep aggression to the ecosystem, will irremediably affect the landscape, the dunes, the trees, the shrubs and all the fauna and flora of this exceptional place.

Check here the opinion article signed by Luisa Schmidt in the paper edition of Expresso, which explains what is at stake in the sale of Comporta.