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Climate change, disadvantaged communities and bio-waste discussed with municipalities

Integrated operations in disadvantaged communities, the RecolhaBio program and climate change were highlighted at a technical meeting that the Lisbon Metropolitan Area held with the municipalities this morning at its headquarters.

The meeting, chaired by the metropolitan first secretary, Carlos Humberto de Carvalho, was attended by around 50 technicians representing the municipalities and the Lisbon Metropolitan Area.

With regard to disadvantaged communities, an update was given on the 31 applications submitted, involving around 70 final beneficiaries.

After the municipalities have been notified and prior hearings held, the contracting process is expected to be completed by October 21, with the signing of the terms of acceptance with all of the 70 or so final beneficiaries.

With regard to the RecolhaBio program, which supports the implementation of selective collection projects for bio-waste, which finances investments already made, underway or to be made, which focus on increasing the capacity of municipalities to ensure detour at source and selective collection of bio-waste, the municipalities were informed that the application period will start soon, and will run until the end of October 2022.

The maximum rate of support is 100%, with funding limited to around 160,000 euros per municipality, and it is intended that, by October 31, 2023, municipalities will be able to demonstrate the increase that this support has provided in the collection of bio-waste and in the increase in the quantities of waste collected selectively.

In the context of climate change, the Lisbon Metropolitan Area presented the proposal to develop a Metropolitan Ecological Roadmap, which would strengthen the territories' capacity to adapt and mitigate, reducing the region's vulnerabilities.

Sustainability (efficient use of resources), territorial equity (creation of qualified, resilient and safe territories) and social and territorial justice (reduction of inequalities) are the roadmap's principles of action.

The environment, climate and energy are at the heart of this itinerary, which features international, national, regional and local reference frameworks.

Updated on 16/09/2022
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