City Profiles

Agueda - Portugal

Adaptation strategy

Have you already developed an adaptation strategy?
Yes, we have an adaptation strategy
Name of the strategy/ plan (If adopted)
Municipal Plan for the Defence of Forest and Fire Prevention
Date of strategy/plan approval
Sep 18, 2015

Good practice / spotlight item

Secondary channel to the river Agueda
The urban area of Águeda, crossed by the river with the same name, is one of the largest areas affected by floods in Portugal. Águeda is prone to flooding thanks to the steep slopes of Serra do Caramulo (formed by granite and schist) where the Águeda River begins, but also the large alluvial areas that form an essentially waterproofed basin. Due to the city's exposure to frequent flooding risk and to mitigate the effects of flooding, Águeda decided to construct a secondary channel of the Agueda River and make some changes to the flow path of two bridges. These are just a couple examples of the measures taken throughout the course of the river to address flooding.
What sectors are concerned
  • Urban
  • Water management
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
A depiction of the secondary channel of the Agueda River built for flood relief.

Climate change impacts

  • Extreme Temperatures
  • Flooding
  • Water Scarcity

Key vulnerable sectors

  • Urban
  • Biodiversity
  • Financial
  • Forestry
  • Water Management
  • Agriculture


Gil Nadais


50000 inhabitants

Contact person

Célia Laranjeira
Head of Office for Environment and Sustainable Development


Mayors Adapt signatory

Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt

Sep 30, 2014

Last Update

Oct 17, 2016

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