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Alfândega da Fé - Portugal

Main motivation for taking adaptation action

Alfândega da Fé main motivation for taking adaptation action is to prepare primarily for the extreme weather risks that the region faces as a result of climate change. By taking adaptation action, Alfândega da Fé aims to strengthen its capacity to adapt to climate change through the adoption and coordination of cross-sectoral and territorial measures to reduce forest fire occurrences and to promote the adaptation and mitigation of the population effects regarding drought and extreme weather phenomena. It is important to increase the resilience of social and economic systems and management of the negative impacts of climate change, such as reducing the overall costs of damage to natural and human assets. Alfândega da Fé strives to create opportunities to enhance the quality of life of its citizens, promote sustainable urban development, stimulate investment and innovation, and reinforce the participation of stakeholders by integrating development practices and urban planning. Thus, the municipality aims to become more attractive, healthier, and safer.

Adaptation strategy

Have you already developed an adaptation strategy?
No, we do not have an adaptation strategy but are currently developing one
Name of the strategy/ plan (If adopted)
Municipal Environmental Plan 2015/2016 (adaptation-related document)
Summary of the strategy/plan
The Municipal Environmental Plan 2015/16 describes the physical environment of the Alfândega da Fé area and outlines the plans for sustainable development of municipality within the context of national and international goals. The Plan aims to establish targets for sustainable development, outline current environment policies and planning measures, lay out the resources that will be deployed to achieve the city's goals, and implement a monitoring system. The four phases of the plan include environmental diagnosis, definitions of the priority areas, a programme of action, and a monitoring programme. Climate change adaptation is not explicitly part of the plan but is captured in some of its measures and policies.

Planned adaptation actions

To meet the climate change challenges it faces, Alfândega da Fé plans to, among other things, continue improving the city's water supply and infrastructure.

Good practice / spotlight item

Optimization of the public water supply system and promoting the rational use of water
More than 97% of drinking water meets the purity standards set by regulators but increased efforts are necessary to reach 100% and ensure that during times of water scarcity, the maximum amount of water that is designated for human consumption is safe. Furthermore, continued investments and improvements in the water network are required to prevent surges. The city is also actively working to improve communication and information sharing with citizens about the rational use of water and the recycling of the city's water supply to irrigate green public spaces, clean streets, etc.
What sectors are concerned
  • Urban
  • Water management
Alfândega da Fé

Climate change impacts

  • Extreme Temperatures
  • Droughts
  • Ice and Snow
  • Water Scarcity

Key vulnerable sectors

  • Health


Berta Ferreira Milheiro Nunes


5104 inhabitants

Contact person

Carina Teixeira


Mayors Adapt signatory

Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt

Aug 12, 2014

Last Update

Feb 13, 2017

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