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On the 15 of January, 2015, the launching of the Project “Climadapt.Local – Municipal Strategies for Climate Change Adaptation” took place, at the Grand Hall of the Rectorate of the University of Lisbon.
This seminar was held with the participation of several experts on the subject, as well as representatives of the 26 municipalities signatories of the partnership protocol with the consortium of the ClimadaPT.Local project. The closing session was held by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Paulo Lemos.

The opening session was made by the coordinator of the Project ClimadaPT.Local, Filipe Duarte Santos (Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon), the representatives of the EEA Grants donor countries, Ana Barreto (Norway Embassy) and Karl Kerner (Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection – DSB), the representative of the National Association of Potuguese Municipalities – ANMP for the National Stategy for Climate Change Adaptation Rui Lopo and the President of the Executive Council of the Portuguese Environment Agency Nuno Lacasta, promoter of the Program AdaPT in which the project is developed.

The maiden speech was made by Gil Penha Lopes, representing the consortium ClimadaPT.Local, presenting an overview of the goals, methodologies and expected results of the project.
Patrick Pringle, from the United Kingdom Climate Impacts Programme (UKCIP) and Øyvind Aarvig, from the Norwegian Programme of the Cities of the Future, shared their experiences in climate change adaptation.
The work developed by the municipalities of Sintra, Cascais and Almada in climate change adaptation was also presented by Ana Queiroz do Vale, João Dinis and Catarina Freitas, respectively.
During the seminar, a protocol between the consortium of ClimAdaPT.Local and each beneficiary municipality was made. Mayors or their representatives were present from 26 munipalities: Amarante, Barreiro, Braga, Bragança, Castelo de Vide, Castelo Branco, Coruche, Évora, Ferreira do Alentejo, Figueira da Foz, Funchal, Guimarães, Ílhavo, Leiria, Lisboa, Loulé, Montalegre, Odemira, Porto, Seia, São João da Pesqueira, Tomar, Tondela, Torres Vedras, Viana do Castelo and Vila Franca do Campo.

The closing of the seminar was held by Paulo Lemos, Secretary of State for the Environment, who envisages Portugal as one of the countries that will face the consequences of climate change, and the risk of fires and floods associated.
For more information about this event please select one of the following resources: Seminar videos and Press release.

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