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he Madeira archipelago has 42 beaches with “excellent quality” water, 75% more than in 2015, when the strategy MaRaM – Zero Pollution in the Sea was approved, revealed today the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources.

“In 2015, we were faced with four poor quality bathing waters and defined a strategy to overcome this situation,” said Susana Prada, adding that four years later it was possible “to improve the quality of seawater and increase the number of bathing areas “.

The minister spoke at the opening of the IV Regional Conference MaRaM, which takes place in Funchal, where the actions of awareness of the problem of pollution of the sea, in particular coastal waters, as well as the measures adopted at the level of environmental education and identification of outbreaks of pollution.

“Of 24 bathing waters classified in 2015 with excellent quality, we will increase to 42 in 2019, another 75%”, underlined Susana Prada, ensuring that “poor water quality has disappeared”.

In the Blue Flag program (European symbol for water quality on beaches), the autonomous region had 11 beaches awarded in 2015, which increased to 17 this year.

“We are convinced that we are on the right track,” said Susana Prada, highlighting the participation of fire brigades, diving schools, clubs, associations and citizens in various sea cleaning operations.