Future is full of possibilities

By Márcia and Mauro

When I hear people say “Mankind is over“… I feel the urge to tell them: “Come to Madeira!“.

Hasta el borde no paramos

Each one of our natural resources, water, land and weather give us hope and we could say “Future is full of possibilities“. This photo was taken in Quinta Grande, in the west coast of Madeira where the land is cultivated as far as the sea comes in the way or the land falls beneath men’s feet. The need for space in an island is well known, and in an island like Madeira, with its volcanic origin, its steep and rough terrains, that need is even stronger. The use of the island water resources is a pleasant thing to discover. The “levadas” (man made water courses) are a wise expression of human inventiveness to preserve its more valuable asset – water.

You may say that it is not different from the ancient INCA, AZTEC, ROMAN or EGYPCIAN Civilizations, to which we can reply: “Yes, you’re right“. But so many centuries have passed with no substance for us to take some knowledge from them?

What we can see, in one way or another is that in Madeira we have learned how to organize a society in connection with nature, respecting each individual and its place in it. The green landscape of the island gives us a strong sense of hope that we will have MADEIRA for many years to come. It´s a precious legacy that needs to be preserved.

We hope you enjoy our friendly people, our natural paradise, and the visual beauty the island has to offer.

WELCOME TO MADEIRA! (Márcia and Mauro)

4 Replies to “Future is full of possibilities”

  1. Dear Marcia and Mauro,
    Really open your eyes and look around at Madeira and you will see what Madeira has overcome since the power of money has taken the paradise of Madeira and its inhabitants. Look at the ribeiras spoiled by litter and needless highways.
    Take a walk at the Levada de Piornais and
    hope that you will not be te victim of robbery. Make a walk in the Barrio de Santa Maria Funchal and you will see the addicts to alcohol and drugs.
    I have seen the change and spoiling of Madeira since 1988 (I have been there 27 times) when the beautiful wood/forest of Quinta Palheiro Ferreiro was saw down for a Golfcourse (money, money, money).
    And now the island is suffering from watershortness!! Strange??? And that was the first attack on the beautiful nature of Madeira. And there were a lot more to come: the making of the totalle needless illegal ER209 way over the Fanal. In Europa Madeira is well-known as the island with more tunnels than goats!
    Indeed Madeira is a precious legacy…..
    that isn’t preserved in no way!!
    Hopeless Greetings
    Coen Rooseboom
    Holland

  2. Mr. Rooseboom,
    Perhaps you are seeing a half empty glass and not the other middle glass, we have very different perspectives of what the world is nowadays.
    If we agree that the urban development can affect our island, we must also agree that we are far from what we can see in most places in Europe, and that we can still be proud of what we have to offer: our nature, people and culture. We can be proud of our ingenious water management sistem, of the people that get up early to cultivate the land for as far as the islands limits allow it as you can see in our photo, of our friendly people who are great hosts to the tourist that visit the island.
    The years change everything, but we can still say that there is natural and geographical harmony between people and the surrounding conditions. Maybe we see the world with glasses in different colors, or maybe we need to put some on.
    However, we have decided to live here because of the difference the island offer us in comparison with many other places in the world. Here we can feel safe in an environment that, in general, still mantains its genuine characteristics.
    The hotels, roads, and all the other facilities were built with the only purpuse of receiving tourists that visit us all year round, and to provide them, as well as to the people who live in the island, sustentability.
    We sincerely believe: “There will be Madeira for many years to come”, and “balance between man and nature will be there”.

    Thanks to disagree with us, we really appreciate your other point of view, this is other of Madeira’s characteristics, we are open minded.

    Greetings,
    Marcia and Mauro

  3. Dear Marcia and Mauro,
    I really do hope I will not be misunderstood: my love (on first sight)is and will remain Madeira because of its beautiful nature, its friendly and hostal people, otherwise I wouldn’t have come back so many times to Ilha da Madeira. And of course I do understand that you cannot stop the development (and thus changing)of Madeira. And of course I do appreciate the fact that getting from Funchal to Ponta do Pargo by car takes nowadays one and a half hour instead of one whole day! And of course I was glad to see (during my last visit last week) that the Government of Madeira has invested 4,3 million euro’s in reconstruction of the Levada dos Cedros. I am not that negative person saying the glass is half empty. I am the person having seen it full and knowing why and where the other half has gone!!

    You have a safe feeling “in an environment that maintains its genuine characteristics”, I do hope that robbery
    on tourists (last week again on the Levada do Curral)doesn’t belong to the genuine characteristics of Madeira. I do know it isn’t, because I experienced the Madeirian people never to steal one penny (or Euro)but in my opinion and experience there is a strong upcoming crimescene on Madeira for which the Madeira Government has closed its eyes too long! I think they have underestimated (or neglected)the co-symptons of the big and quick development of Madeira.
    Greetings
    Coen

  4. It is hopeless to expect that things will stand still and that Madeira will always remain in a nostalgic state of rural felicity. Wherever countries’ populations become more affluent their demands increase accordingly and their societies change as a result. Just look at China as the most recent example, a backward agrarian society transformed over the past decade or so into what is expected to become a global economic powerhouse in the next. Is it fair, therefore, to expect people to deny themselves such affluence just to preserve some remembered rural idyll, which probably never really existed anyway. How can the Madeirans remain immune to these pressures when they rub shoulders every day with well-to-do tourists from other countries where, historically, concern for the environment and controlling crime have never been allowed to stand in the way of economic development?

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