windmill yard "Salgadinho", the former agricultural land "Sítio das Rolas" with its ample green areas and tree cultivation and
soon the minigolf, and the river valley "Selão da Eira Velha" in plain National Ecological Reserve with forest, lakes and bio gardening are inserted in a largely
unspoilt natural environment.
More and more people seek
a place for holidays and recreation and even for work in a natural setting, making the experience that staying
in nature has a truly revitalizing effect, that it is relaxing, inspiring, balancing. Nature provides a counterbalance to the digital world and the challenging pace of modern life.
Yet, we have to come to understand that "nature" is more than the green space around accommodations and resorts, that it is NOT JUST THE STAGE DESIGN for relaxing holidays and retreats, that nature is complex and
Nature provides resources and can cure - but will hard hit on our lives and the living conditions on earth, if too late
mankind will come to understand that nature has to be explored wisely and preserved carefully.
The Responsability for Sustainability
If we want nature to remain our lifeline and not to transform into a source and cause of endless disaster, there is no escape. We MUST
consider the "sustainability issue" a very serious task for the present and future generations, and accept the and continous challenge to think deep and work hard on strategies and practices for sustainable development to become
a mainstream paradigm.
This challenge embraces ecological, financial, social and behavioural dimensions, and touches
politics, institutions, enterprises, societies as a whole and, last but not least, the individual options and actions of each and everyone alike.
Sustainable and Responsible Tourism
SELÃO DA EIRA tries to develop and act in that consciousness. But when
it comes to truly fundamental issues that impact on lifestyles, economies and societies, the scope and effect of individual decision-making and action are narrow, not more than the famous drop on a hot stone.
Therefore, as soon as we came to know about its existence, we whole-heartedly subscribed to the BIOSPHERE concept and standard, and embarked on a long and ambitious qualification and evaluation process.
Finally, in November 2021, SELÃO
DA EIRA became part of the worldwide BIOSPHERE community, receiving the certification
as "Responsible Tourism", which is subject to annual renewal. acknowledges compliance with the BIOSPHERE standard based on the seventeen sustainability goals of the UN Agenda "Horizon 2030".
Occasional updates allow interested guests and visitors
to accompany our performance
and development as Responsable and Sustainable Tourism. "Landmarks" will be reported and, as much as time permits, we plan to share what sustainability-oriented management in rural tourism implies, and to what extent guests and visitors could and should and
actually do cooperate and participate in this endeavour.
The first step was been taken to restructure our website in order to highlight our commitment to sustainable tourism development, including the BIOSPHERE certification, and to share our vision and actions with former and future guests. Not only to relate what SELÃO DA EIRA is planning and doing, but also to sensitize travellers and nature lovers about the need, the possibilities and the challenge of having and maintaining small-scale rural tourism in sintony with the surrounding nature.
16. Oct, 2021
Biosphere certification schedule
The certification process entered the final stage, evaluation terminated in October, and the CERTIFICATION handing over ceremony took place on 17 November, 2021.