Cascais is sea-oriented

Considering that to conserve it is necessary to know, the increase of knowledge about the Cascais Sea has been a bet. In Cascais, the quality of life is inseparable from the quality of the sea. Following the European Guidelines for an Integrated Coastal Zone Management Strategy and assuming that policies are needed to promote the sustainability of goods and services and the conservation of aquatic ecosystems in order to achieve good ecological and environmental status, Cascais has implemented a baseline study that collected solid scientific information on the structure and functioning of these ecosystems. An example of this is the coastal monitoring program, AquaSIG, which has been in place since 2008 in partnership with MARE – Center for Marine and Environmental Sciences. This relationship has been particularly close with the Research Hub, the Maritime Laboratory of Guia located in the Forte de Nossa Senhora da Guia, where research in the field of Ecology and Experimental Physiology on the physiological consequences of marine organisms in Climate Change scenarios is carried out. In this area of knowledge, Cascais is also preparing to become a more resilient town by 2030. It was unanimously approved in September 2017 and is based on a process of strategic planning and collaborative and participatory scientific research – Action Plan for Adaptation to Climate Changes – Cascais 2030 – which identifies 13 measures that integrate 80 actions to be implemented by 2030. Developed from climatic scenarios for Cascais, the plan foresees measures that make Cascais a more resilient municipality to Climate Change. This is an ambitious challenge for Cascais, calling for the collaboration not only of the municipality technicians but also of partners and of the citizens themselves.

Sara Saraiava

Environment Account Manager, Brand & Communication Division, Cascais Municipality.

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