The seahorse was chosen as a symbol of the Ria Formosa Week, which will be dedicated to commemorating the environmental and cultural values ??associated with Ria Formosa, whose headquarters are located in the Olhão municipality.
The choice of this species to symbol of the Week of the Ria Formosa aims to alert to the current situation of population decline in the Ria, being an indicator species of environmental quality, the seahorse acts as an alert for the threats that the lagoon system of Ria Formosa faces.
The Ria Formosa Week, which will take place between 4 and 8 April, is an initiative directed to the school community of the municipalities of the Ria Formosa Natural Park (PNRF), which aims to disseminate information, stimulate knowledge and practices that can increase awareness and recognition of the importance of this area.
It is intended, therefore, to contribute to the construction of an ecological awareness that leads to the preservation of the natural and cultural heritage.
Through its Department of the Algarve, the initiative brings together 17 different entities, united in a logic of partnership and cooperation: the Municipal Councils of Olhão, Loulé, Faro, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António, the regional services of the General Direction of School Establishments, the Portuguese Environment Agency and the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and Atmosphere, the University of the Algarve, the Maritime Authority of the South, Águas do Algarve, ALGAR - Valorization and Treatment Of Solid Waste, the RIAS - Wildlife Research and Recovery Center, the Almargem Association and the Living Science Centers of the Algarve and Tavira.
The Ria Formosa is a region of marsh, which extends through the municipalities of Loulé, Faro, Olhão, Tavira and Vila Real de Santo António, covering an area of ??about 18,000 and 400 hectares along 60 kilometers, from the river Ancão To the beach of Manta Rota.
It is an area protected by the status of Natural Park, attributed by Decree-Law 373/87 of December 9, 1987. Previously, the Ria Formosa had status as a Nature Reserve, established in 1978.
The headquarters of the Natural Park of the Ria Formosa is located in the Center of Environmental Education of Marim, in the parish of Quelfes, municipality of Olhão.