Representatives of 20 Brazilian cities were, between November 20th and 25th, in Portugal to carry out international cooperation actions and develop innovative practices in the management of urban and rural areas in both countries.
The visit to the Algarve included technical visits to different places and the exchange of experiences and the mission will result in multilateral cooperation agreements, to be implemented from next year.
The official reception of the delegation, which was part of Group 3 of the project, took place on the 21st of November, at the Municipal Auditorium of Olhão, where it was received by the president of the Intermunicipal Community of the Algarve (AMAL), António Pina, by the councilor of the City Council of Olhão, Elsa Parreira, and by the president of the AMAL Intermunicipal Assembly, José Águas da Cruz.
The visit to the Algarve, which was accompanied by AMAL, a partner in this project, took place between the 21st and 23rd of November, but the international cooperation mission took place in a total of nine Portuguese cities, in which the delegation was received by representatives of city councils , municipal associations and civil society entities.
The mission, coming from Brazil, got to know the work carried out at the Center for Marine and Environmental Research and at the Center for Marine Sciences, both at the University of Algarve, the Ria Formosa Natural Park and Culatra Island.
She was also received at the Algarve Tourism Board by its vice-president Fátima Catarina, and attended the presentation of various projects related to the four clusters that make up the InovaJuntos project: economic development, green cities and climate change, regional development and consortia, inclusive spaces and cultural and social innovation.
In addition to getting to know Portuguese experiences, the Brazilian delegation had the opportunity to qualify their performance as local managers from the point of view of the quality of governance, gender equality, democracy, environmental sustainability and dialogue with young people and children.
Another focus of interest was to learn about Portuguese experiences in programs that face climate change, enhance social and economic development and make cities more inclusive.
The expectation is that this mission, which ended last Friday, the 25th, in Coimbra, will result in an agenda of collaboration and multilateral cooperation agreements, to be implemented from next year.
The InovaJuntos project – Triangular Urban Cooperation for Innovation and Sustainability promotes a collaborative environment based on the exchange of know-how and the sharing of local solutions on the major challenges that affect the quality of life of contemporary populations.
Bringing together experiences from Brazil and Portugal, the project expands the scope of actions and strengthens regional integration, in addition to reinforcing dialogue between the two countries.
This mission is part of the cooperation agenda of the InovaJuntos Project, developed since 2020, with co-financing from the European Union, through the “External Action Support Program” and is coordinated by the National Confederation of Municipalities (Brazil) and the Center for Social Studies ( CES/University of Coimbra).