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workshop in Beja closes national tour of AML project on climate action

On June 16, AML went to the Baixo Alentejo Intermunicipal Community (CIMBAL), in Beja, to present the third (and final) national training workshop for the CLIMA.AML project - Metropolitan Meteorological Monitoring and Alert Network.

The workshop "Monitoring to assess and prevent climate impacts" featured the participation of researcher Cristina Branquinho, from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, and Pedro Garrett, founder of 2Adapt, who addressed the phenomenon of Urban Heat Island, and local climate indicators of vulnerability and warning systems, respectively.

The session was opened by Fernando Romba, first inter-municipal secretary of CIMBAL, and Emanuel Costa, metropolitan secretary of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area.

The session was attended by around 20 participants, mostly technicians from municipalities belonging to the geographical area of the Baixo Alentejo Intermunicipal Community (made up of the municipalities of Aljustrel, Almodôvar, Alvito, Barrancos, Beja, Castro Verde, Cuba, Ferreira do Alentejo, Mértola, Moura, Ourique, Serpa and Vidigueira).

Emanuel Costa welcomed the session in Beja on climate impacts which, in his opinion, "constitute a crucial challenge in terms of sustainable development". The metropolitan secretary also stressed the importance of the Lisbon Metropolitan Area and Baixo Alentejo Climate Change Adaptation Plans.

Fernando Romba, for his part, presented the Resist program(Regions for climate change resilience through Innovation, Science and Technology), a project developed within the EU missions, which, according to CIMBAL's inter-municipal first secretary, "serves to strengthen the territory's resilience, accelerate its transformation, and increase the adaptive capacity of 12 regions in Europe".

The workshops aimed to share the results achieved and replicate good practices at a national level with relevant regional stakeholders in the areas of the environment, climate change and land use planning.

A final conference on the project will be held in Lisbon in July.

The CLIMA.AML project aims to create an integrated solution for meteorological monitoring in an urban context, and is being implemented through a metropolitan network of 18 weather stations (involving all the municipalities in the Lisbon metropolitan area) and an online platform(https://clima.aml.pt), which compiles meteorological data and essential information to support its monitoring and evaluation in real time.

The weather stations, which complement the network of the Portuguese Institute for the Sea and Atmosphere (IPMA), will make it possible to learn about the patterns associated with climate change and its impact on local communities.

The Lisbon Metropolitan Area is implementing the CLIMA.AML project - Metropolitan Meteorological Monitoring and Alert Network, under the Environment, Climate Change and Low Carbon Economy program, operated by the General Secretariat for the Environment and Climate Action and funded by EEA Grants 2014-2021.

Updated on 12/07/2023
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