We are proud to announce that IUCN is considering natural swimming ponds as Nature-based solution.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations.

IUCN says its recently released publication “What does Nature give us? – Towards Nature-based Solutions in the Mediterranean”: “Biological swimming pool is a Nature-based Solution that approaches water and health security for bath waters from an ecosystem approach. It applies natural processes as the basis to keep pool water in optimal conditions for bath and reduces all the impacts of standard treatments at the time that contributes to maintain fresh water biodiversity by restoring aquatic ecosystems. Despite its size, the spread of this model among the hotels and resorts business community, would have a great impact in the short term on water consumption, pollution as well as in the reduction of CO2 emissions captured by the ecosystem.”

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In 2017 the IOB PONDY Prize highlighted our biological pool project at the Balaia CLUB MED Resort Hotel in Albufeira, as best in the category »Biological pool for tourism use«.


By 2015 the Quinta Vale Porcacho’s rural tourism biological pool, Tábua, had received the PONDY AWARD international award in the same category.