Adapt.local association is already formed to reinforce climate action

Public deed of incorporation of the Association was signed last Friday, 20th of May

The public deed of incorporation of the Adapt.local Association – Network of Municipalities for Local Adaptation to Climate Change was signed last Friday, May 20, in Quarteira.

The national network, which since 2016 has encouraged Portuguese municipalities to implement measures to adapt to climate change within its framework of action, thus gives rise to a non-profit association governed by private law, allowing, through this legal figure, «to expand the scope and modus operandi", says the Municipality of Loulé in a statement.

«The fact that we are an association gives us another flexibility and another capacity for dialogue with a series of entities, the Government itself, companies, among others. From now on, we have the legal profile to be able to scale our work», emphasizes Vítor Aleixo, mayor of Loulé and host of the ceremony, which was also attended by the notary Sérgio Relvas of the Notary Office of Vilamoura.

The association now formed aims to «invigorate local adaptation to climate change in Portugal, promoting continuous planning processes that accompany the increase in the capacity of Portuguese municipalities and other entities, - public or private -, to incorporate this matter in their policies. of action and in its planning instruments», continues the City Council.

Loulé, Amarante, Braga, Bragança, Castelo Branco, Castelo de Vide, Coruche, Figueira da Foz, Funchal, Guimarães, Ílhavo, Lagos, Leiria, Mafra, Odemira, Sintra, Torres Vedras, Viana do Castelo and Vila Franca do Campo, were the signatories of the deed of incorporation.

According to the municipality, other municipalities will soon join this “new” association, which is strongly involved in one of the greatest challenges that humanity faces.