The ClimAdaPT.Local project aims to start in Portugal a continuous process leading to the elaboration of Municipal Strategies for Adapting to Climate Change (Estratégias Municipais de Adaptação às Alterações Climáticas –EMAAC, in portuguese) and its integration into municipal planning tools.
We intend to accomplish this by training the municipal staff persons through awareness of local actors, also by the development of tools and products that facilitate the creation and implementation of EMAAC in the participating municipalities, and we pretend to spread this model to other Portuguese cities in a near future.
The specific objectives of the project are:
– To develop 26 Municipal Strategies for Adapting to Climate Change (EMAAC)
– To train 52 municipal technical staff persons in Climate Change Adaptation
– Create a Platform for Municipal Climate Change Adaptation
– Create a Network of Municipalities for Local Adaptation to Climate Change
In order to achieve these objectives, 26 municipalities were selected, taking into account the following selection criteria:
The beneficiary municipalities of this project are: Amarante, Barreiro, Braga, Bragança, Castelo Branco, Castelo de Vide, Coruche, Évora, Ferreira do Alentejo, Figueira da Foz, Funchal, Guimarães, Ilhavo, Leiria, Lisboa, Loulé, Montalegre, Odemira, Porto, São João da Pesqueira, Seia, Tomar, Tondela, Torres Vedras, Viana do Castelo and Vila Franca do Campo.
Alongside these municipalities, this project also integrates, as partners, the municipalities of Almada, Cascais and Sintra, which already have work developed in climate change adaptation, and whose expertise is an important asset to the project
The project is coordinated by the research group Climate Change, Impacts, Adaptation & Modelling (CCIAM), Faculty of Science, University of Lisbon and has a partnership of several Portuguese and Norwegian institutions (academic, business, NGOs and municipalities), including : CEDRU, WE CONSULTANTS, Quercus, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Faculty of Science and Technology, Nova University of Lisbon, University of Aveiro, ICETA / CIBIO-Azores, Municipality of Cascais, Municipality of Almada, Municipality of Sintra and cCHANGE.
The ClimAdaPT.Local project is integrated into the AdaPT program, run by the Portuguese Environment Agency, IP (APA IP) while managing the Portuguese Carbon Fund (FPC), totaling EUR 1.5 million co-financed 85% by the EEA Grants and 15% by the FPC. The project benefits from support of 1,270 million euros from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants program, and 224,000 euros through the FPC.
Filipe Duarte Santos is Full Professor at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, conducting courses in Physics, Environment and Global Change. He is currently Director of the Doctoral Program in Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies, which started in the academic year 2009/2010, which involves the University of Lisbon and the New University of Lisbon Filipe Duarte Santos is review editor of the 5th IPCC report and Vice-Chairman of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, and he coordinates and participates in several national and international projects in the fields of Physics, Global Change and Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change. He has published over 140 scientific articles in national and international magazines and books in various areas of Environment, Global Change and Climate Change.
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