A continuous process in urban resilience to face climate change in Lisbon

09:00 Thursday 30 May


Room S16


Maria Telhado (Portugal) 1; Marco Morais (Portugal) 1; Ana Cristina Lourenço (Portugal) 1; Inês Metelo (Portugal) 1

1 - Lisbon City Council

Lisbon plays at international level a relevant role as a Resilient City to Climate Change (CC). The Commitment assumed by the executive in the fields of Safety, Environment, Climate and Energy reinforce the urgent needs to develop a joint investment in adaptation and mitigation strategies and measures to: Manage territory and society; Prevent CC scenarios expected; Sharing best practices developed at local level with the International Commitments assumed at SDG, Agenda 2030, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, Local Agenda 21 and Sendai Framework for DRR.

The implementation of this vision enjoin an ambitious agenda for Lisbon city, based on an open, transparent, efficient and decentralized governance, focus in the interdependencies between the environmental, economic, social, financial and political involvement and including a research and innovation approach.

Based on city’s diagnosis, Lisbon City Council invest in its Resilience Action Plan (RAP) to CC, through the following actions:Review the essentials and indicators for periodic monitoring the goals, aligned with the main strategic, planning and management instruments approved;Design the architecture of a dashboard with GIS capabilities to integrate at the intelligent city management platform;Involve key actors at national, regional, local level, public and private organizations, decision-makers, researchers, volunteers and the citizens, all of them co-responsible for the implementation of an innovative urban resilience policy to the city;Invest in a participatory process.

Lisbon’s participation in the EU RESCCUE project promotes the reassess of Lisbon’s RAP to CC and strength strategies between Bristol and Barcelona. Following their objectives, where the city is seen as a complex, dynamic and modern system exposed to CC scenarios, it was possible to realise the diagnosis based on existing interdependencies and/or autonomy between key sectors responsible for providing basic services.

At the regional scale, Lisbon participates on the Lisbon Metropolitan Plan for CC Adaptation with all the municipalities of this region is another step up in the Portuguese political response to promote CC strategy. The main steps in this process are: training technicians, involvement of strategic actors, sharing data, frameworks and tools, and assessing climate and meteorological cross-border hazards, vulnerabilities and risks at the Lisbon Metropolitan Area.

Based on this continuous and intervened process the Resilience CC strategy followed by Lisbon municipality, promotes the present investment in innovative and resilient strategies to CC leading to improve the life quality of the citizens and the promotion of Lisbon as a “Best city to live”.