The Loulé Adapta brand was created by the municipality of Loulé to highlight and promote the sustainability best practices implemented in its territory and the actions implemented within the scope of Loulé’s Municipal Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (MCCAS), while also constituting a call for a change in behaviors, in a quest for a more sustainable and difference-making lifestyle.
The development of Loulé’s Municipal Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (Loulé MCCAS), started in January 2015 within the scope of the ClimAdapt.Local project, aims to promote, throughout the municipal territory, a coherent response to the multiple problems relating with climate change and put the municipality at the forefront of the national stage with regards to these issues.
Loulé’s MCCAS was approved by the municipality on 6th June 2016.
It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent; it is the one most adaptable to change. Charles Darwin
The development of a conscious, informed and capable municipality in the response to climate change and that incorporates in municipal action and territorial management the factors, threats and opportunities associated with the new climate dynamics.
The Municipal Council of Loulé (CML) defined and developed its Municipal Climate Change Adaptation Strategy (MCCAS) within the scope of the ClimAdaPT.Local project, which took place between January 2015 and December 2016.
The development of Loulé’s MCCAS followed the MADS methodology (Municipal Adaptation Decision-making Support), consisting of six interrelated phases, specifically adapted to the portuguese reality from the model developed by the UKCIP (UK Climate Impacts Program), and which sought to answer these two key questions:
1. What are the main climate risks that affect or that may affect the municipal territory?
2. What are the main necessary and available adaptation actions to address these climate risks?
To respond to the main needs, objectives, vulnerabilities and climate risks (current and future) to which the municipality is exposed, several adaptation options were identified that are part of the EMAAC de Loulé.
The medium-long term implementation of this integrated set of adaptation options aims to promote a coherent response throughout the municipal territory to the multiple issues related to climate change, in a joint effort between the municipality, citizens, companies and institutions.
The Local Council for Monitoring (CLA) Climate Action in the Municipality of Loulé has as its main mission to promote and monitor climate action at a local level. Established in 2017, the CLA should also contribute to the promotion and design of policies and actions with an impact on the adaptation and mitigation to climate change, as well as on the sustainable development of the municipality, in the sense of efficient, participatory and lasting climate governance.
Led by the municipality of Loulé and involving, to date, around 70 entities, the CLA is a flexible and inclusive structure, of a consultative nature and on a voluntary basis, which brings together a set of key actors and institutions representing civil society, committed to the implementation of climate action at the local level. The CLA thus constitutes a comprehensive monitoring and decision support structure throughout the implementation of the Loulé's Municipal Climate Action Plan, enhancing the mobilization of the local community through the commitment of the key actors that comprise it.
The CLA of the municipality of Loulé also includes the dynamization of thematic working groups (GT) (GT1 – Extreme Events: Coordination and Dynamization of Responses; GT2 - Water: Strategic Resource; GT3 - Energy: Efficiency and Decentralized Production and GT4 – Desertification: Strategies to Combat), which has already allowed for various moments of debate and reflection, technical training initiatives and has driven some ongoing pilot projects, with emphasis on the Scholar Energy Community (a project that intends to implement the production of renewable energy for self-consumption in schools and which includes a pedagogical component, involving training actions for the entire school community).
Consult the Composition and Operating Rules of the CLA Climate Action in the Municipality of Loulé (PT) here.
Created in December 2016, following the ClimAdaPT.Local project, adapt.local - Network of Municipalities for Local Adaptation to Climate Change, constitutes a partnership led by municipalities, but which also involves higher education institutions, research centers, non-governmental organizations and companies, in order to boost Local Adaptation to Climate Change in Portugal.
The Network was formalized on March 31, 2017, in the city of Guimarães, at the first meeting, where the Mayor of Loulé, Vítor Aleixo, was elected the President of the Coordinating Council of adapt.local, which is the body that it constitutes the executive structure and its mission is to ensure the external representation of the Network and to define the best strategies to be pursued in order to achieve the mission and objectives.
Aware that the current global warming trends are admittedly worrying and that the impacts and consequences of climate change are already being felt, particularly in local communities, adapt.local aims to affirm the importance of local scale in the development and implementation of solutions and options for adapting to climate change, contributing to the training of Portuguese municipalities in these matters and promoting the incorporation of measures to adapt to climate change in local policies, planning instruments and interventions.
For more information, consult the adapt.local website - Network of Municipalities for Local Adaptation to Climate Change.