Schools of Faro and Portimão win national Mini COP competition

Competition challenges students to present ideas to make their municipality more sustainable

Afonso III school team

Teams from EB 2,3 Afonso III schools, from Faro, and Júdice Fialho, in Portimão, came in 1st and 2nd place in the nationwide Mini COP competition, within the scope of the Climate Trip, whose prizes were awarded in a ceremony that took place on November 22nd, in Lisbon.

More than 400 9th year students from 16 schools in the municipalities of Cascais, Famalicão, Faro, Gouveia, Odemira and Portimão, who presented ideas to make their municipality more sustainable.

The winner was the “Banhos de Sol” project, presented by students from the EB Afonso III Scientists Club.

In second place was the proposal “Plastic compensating machine”, presented by the “Os Cágados” team, from EB 2,3 Júdice Fialho, from Portimão.


Júdice Fialho school team


The Mini COP competition, which in 2023 received a total of 166 ideas, «aims to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly on topics such as the circular economy, water, energy, biodiversity, mobility, waste or the protection of the oceans», according to Portimão City Council.

Inspired by the negotiating process of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, «the Mini COP's essential purpose was to raise awareness of active citizenship in the field of sustainable development».

The Mini COP and the Climate Trip are an initiative of Cooler World – a movement towards carbon neutrality created by Get2C, a consultancy specializing in climate change that has the support of the Environmental Fund, among other entities, in order to mobilize Portuguese society to the urgent climate transition.