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Mongabay: Lithium mining threatens agricultural heritage in Portugal’s Barroso
diana takacsova
Dec 29, 2023
Location: Barroso, Portugal
For Mongabay, journalist Marta Vidal and I documented how lithium mining threatens agricultural heritage in Portugal’s Barroso.

The hilly Barroso region of northern Portugal has been recognized for its centuries-old and “globally important” farming system that combines agricultural biodiversity, resilient ecosystems and a valuable cultural heritage.

But the region is also home to what’s believed to be one of Europe’s largest deposits of lithium, an element that will be critical in the ongoing clean energy transition, with EU and Portuguese officials saying mining projects in Barroso will be key to securing domestic supplies of the metal.

Residents and environmental activists, however, warn the mines will scar the landscape, contaminate the water, erode the soil, disrupt local livelihoods, and deprive them of communal lands.

Read the full story:
A lithium ‘gold mine’ is buried under one of Europe’s last heritage farming systems
COVAS DO BARROSO, Portugal — In the hills of Barroso high in northeastern Portugal, the water gushes down small channels built many centuries ago, winding through a mosaic of pastures, oak and pine forests, and arable and fallow land. Sitting on...

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Diana Takacsova is a photographer and visual storyteller based between Ostend, Belgium and Bratislava, Slovakia, working globally.
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