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AML's Integrated Territorial Instrument (ITI), developed under the Portugal 2030 program, was approved by the municipalities of the Lisbon metropolitan area during the Lisbon Metropolitan Council meeting, which took place this morning in the auditorium of AML's headquarters.

Integrated Territorial Instruments, as instruments mobilized to build a country that is more territorially cohesive and closer to its citizens, presuppose a territory, a development strategy (articulated with the new guidelines of public policy instruments) and a set of actions to be implemented in the territory (compatible with eligibility), endowed with financial funds (by area of intervention), monitored by a governance agreement that will monitor and help operationalize their implementation.

The AML ITI, which aims to strengthen sub-regional and inter-municipal networks and the urban-rural articulation of the territory, has four main objectives: to increase competitiveness through urban regeneration, to accelerate decarbonization and reduce climate vulnerability, to reduce school failure and dropout rates, and to promote social inclusion and diversity, as a response to international migratory flows and worsening socio-territorial fractures.

The strategy and action plan approved today by the municipalities mobilize three lines of action: boosting territorial assets, strengthening the urban system and providing services of general interest.

With an allocation of 120 million euros, the AML ITI concentrates around 75% of this amount on three main priorities: integrated and inclusive social, economic and environmental development, culture, cultural heritage, sustainable tourism and security in urban areas (40 million); sustainable multimodal urban mobility and the transition to a zero net carbon economy (36 million); adaptation to climate change, disaster risk prevention and resilience through ecosystem-based approaches (14 million).

Regarding the number of projects by type of action, the majority (19%) are urban interventions, followed by actions in the area of sustainable mobility (16.2%) and adaptation to climate change (15.6%). This is followed by measures for equal access to education services (12.5%), nature conservation, biodiversity and heritage projects (11.5%) and actions for active participation, equal opportunities and non-discrimination against vulnerable groups (10%).

Although it runs until 2027, most of the projects start in 2023 and 2024, and the funds mobilized in 2023 and 2024 are also very important.

The process of building this instrument was articulated over more than two years with the municipalities, the Lisbon Metropolitan Area and the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Regional Coordination and Development Commission.

The municipalities and the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, however, did not fail to highlight the low co-financing rate of these funds (40% in the Lisbon metropolitan area, while in other regions of the country it reaches much higher percentages), and the fact that the final amounts allocated to the Lisbon metropolitan region by PT2030 fell far short of the real needs felt in all areas and throughout the territory.

Updated on 12/07/2023
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