Ria de Aveiro Lagoon

  • Case study area description and end users
    The basin of the Rio Vouga has an area of approximately 3362 km2, located in the central part of Portugal. The Vouga river originates in the mountains of Lapa, at an altitude of about 930 m, covering about 141 km before flowing into the Ria de Aveiro coastal lagoon (Van der Weijden et al., 2006). Its main tributaries are the Sul, Caima, Antuã and Águeda rivers.
    Read full description: Factsheet Ria de Aveiro CSA (1283)
  • Spatial Planning and Governance
    According to the Water Framework Directive and the Portuguese Water Law we identify the following water bodies in the Ria de Aveiro region, as outlined bellow: territorial waters, coastal waters and transitional waters.
    Read full description: Factsheet Ria de Aveiro governance (671)
  • Socio-economic and policies issues
    The Ria de Aveiro with a population of 333,114 inhabitants (2010) in the watershed area, has considerable regional and national economic importance, namely through the activities related to: port facilities, industries, aquaculture, salt-production, fishing, tourism, recreational activities, agriculture (e.g. Alves et al., 2011, http://www.polisriadeaveiro.pt/). In addition to this, it also supports an important artisanal fishery, shellfish collecting and sport fishing activities (e.g. http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/).
    Read full description: Factsheet Ria de Aveiro Socio-economic and policies (559)
  • Pictures
    Pictures of Ria de Aveiro available here.