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Carrying out joint work in this area, at a regional level, is justified by the region's own history, which is associated with various records of natural and seismic phenomena.

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Preventing and mitigating collective risks in the region

Preventing and mitigating collective risks and the occurrence of serious accidents or disasters in the region, limiting their effects on people and other living beings in danger, and protecting cultural and environmental assets and values are the main objectives behind the coordinated work carried out in this area, which is regional in scope.

The articulation work is justified by the region's own history, which is associated with various records of natural and seismic phenomena that, with greater or lesser impact, have caused damage and severe consequences, leaving their mark on the collective memory of the Portuguese.

Special Emergency Plan for Seismic Risk

The Special Emergency Plan for Seismic Risk in the Lisbon metropolitan area and neighboring municipalities is an instrument to support the civil protection system in operational management in the event of a seismic event in the region.

The Plan is classified as special, in terms of its purpose, and as supradistrict, in terms of the geographical area it covers. 

The director of the plan is the Secretary of State for Civil Protection, who will be replaced in his absence or impediment by the president of the National Civil Protection Authority or, if he is unable to do so, by whomever the Prime Minister appoints. 

The plan sets out the responsibilities, organization and operating concept of the civil protection structures, and the way in which the means and resources needed to manage the rescue are mobilized and coordinated.

The plan is complemented by a Self-Protection and Resilience Program, which is designed to anticipate the responses of local communities and society as a whole to the consequences of a high-severity seismic event. 

Sub-Regional Commission of the Integrated Rural Fire Management System

AML is a member of the Sub-Regional Commission of the Integrated Rural Fire Management System for the Lisbon metropolitan area.

The sub-regional commissions for the integrated management of rural fires work with the respective inter-municipal entities, which chair the deliberative meetings and provide the necessary logistical support. 

Their main competencies are to define the coordination of action between public and private entities in terms of integrated rural fire management in their sub-region, approve the sub-regional action program, submit the proposed sub-regional action program to the respective regional commission, monitor and evaluate the implementation of the sub-regional action program, promote, follow up and monitor the development of the actions of the municipal programs, promote compliance with the communication programs and give an opinion on the municipal programs.

The Integrated Rural Fire Management System is based on two fundamental pillars for reducing the impact of rural fires: rural fire management and rural fire protection.

The system, which has forest conservation and management as a necessary condition for its success, includes planning, prevention, preparation, pre-suppression, suppression and rescue, and post-event actions.

The Integrated Rural Fire Management System operates at four territorial levels: national, regional, sub-regional and municipal. The system is governed by integrated rural fire management committees, responsible for each of the territorial levels.

Draft Sub-regional Action Program for the Lisbon Metropolitan Area

The draft "Lisbon Metropolitan Area Subregional Action Program", a programming instrument for the Integrated Rural Fire Management System, was in public consultation until January 16, 2024.

1) Lisbon Metropolitan Area sub-regional action program; For a better reading of the table on page 73 see here;
2) Annexes with the specific assumptions;
3) Maps:
a) Secondary network of fuel management strips - 1 and 2;
b) Network of water points;
c) Forest road network;
d) Fire surveillance and detection network;
e) Priority prevention and safety areas;
f) Strategic fuel mosaic areas.

These documents are available for consultation at the headquarters of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area (Rua Cruz de Santa Apolónia n.º 23, 25 and 25A, Lisbon), every working day, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., on the website at www.aml.pt, as well as on the websites of the municipal councils of Alcochete, Almada, Amadora, Barreiro, Cascais, Lisboa, Loures, Mafra, Moita, Montijo, Odivelas, Oeiras, Palmela, Seixal, Sesimbra, Setúbal, Sintra and Vila Franca de Xira.

Suggestions should be sent in writing to the metropolitan first secretary, Carlos Humberto de Carvalho, within 30 days of the publication of the notice, by email to the following address: amlcorreio@aml.pt.

The notice is posted in the usual places and on the Lisbon Metropolitan Area website

Sub-regional Action Program for the Integrated Management of Rural Fires in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area


The draft Sub-regional Action Program for the Integrated Management of Rural Fires in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, now under public consultation, was approved on September 23, 2023, and was subject to the opinion of the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Regional Coordination and Development Commission.
This action program defines seven priority areas for intervention and prevention, includes several goals and twelve key projects for the region.

The seven priority prevention and safety areas are located as follows: Sintra Cascais Natural Park, Serra da Carregueira, Arrábida Natural Park, Costa de Caparica National Forest and Amieira Forest FP, Tapada Nacional de Mafra and surrounding area, Machada National Forest and Fernão Ferro and Apostiça forest area. These areas, which are based on the rural fire danger map produced by the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests, correspond to the "high" and "very high" danger classes, are subject to special protection measures, and make up a total of 12,569 hectares, out of around 49,000 hectares with effective fuel management throughout the region.


The program has taken almost two years of collaborative work between the eighteen municipalities of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area and around 20 other interested parties.
The program includes an investment of around 318 million euros for the period 2023-2030, of which around 91% will be allocated to key projects (around 78% relates to fuel management - one of the key projects).

The Sub-regional Action Program for Integrated Rural Fire Management in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area is a programming instrument for the Integrated Rural Fire Management System, and establishes the link between the higher-level planning instruments - the national and regional programs - and the subsidiary instruments - the planned municipal implementation programs, which will be developed once their final version has been approved (after public consultation) and will replace the current municipal forest fire protection plans.

Updated on 19/01/2024
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