City Profiles

Cascais - Portugal

Main motivation for taking adaptation action

Adaptation in Cascais is seen as a strategy for development and innovation in managing the area that is centered around quality of life, safety, and competitiveness in the global economy. Cascais has a thriving local economy based on local resources such as the beaches along the coastline and the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park. These resources are key for the tourism industry as well as the local communities who depend on the natural environment to maintain a high quality of life both in the present and for future generations.

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)
Strategic Climate Change Plan for Cascais (PECAC)
Date of strategy/plan approval
Jan 26, 2015
Summary of the strategy/plan
The PECAC is considered by many to be the most complete local scale plan for climate change in Portugal. It gathers a wealth of information and provides a full assessment of the most relevant IPCC sectors for Cascais' territory. For each of these, a vulnerability and impact assessment is provided according to climate and socio-economic scenarios. These then provide the basis for Cascais' adaptation and mitigation strategies.

Planned adaptation actions

Some of Cascais' planned adaptation actions are touched upon in the PECAC and include, for example, annually reviewing the implementation stages of all adaptation actions; creating a monitoring system for meteorological events and a long-term climatic assessment (including sea level monitoring); maintaining green areas through the conservation of riverbeds and flooding areas via natural solutions; and implementing educational and awareness raising campaigns about health-related effects of heat waves.

Good practice / spotlight item

Climatopos Chart
The Climatopos Chart, which is part of the PECAC, provides a thorough portrayal of how urban areas are impacted by the climate (e.g. heat waves in denser urban areas, the cooling flow of green corridors, sea breeze reach) and the potential impacts on the local population in terms of quality of life and health. While the PECAC provides extensive knowledge about climate change on the local level, Cascais has identified the need to transfer all of this information to the urban development policy through a comprehensive approach to mapping and policy integration. Thus, a first step in bridging the gap between traditional planning proposals is to include such information in the city's master plan and building regulations.
The Climatopos Chart is a climate-related planning instrument included in Cascais' Strategic Climate Change Plan.

Climate change impacts

  • Droughts
  • Extreme Temperatures
  • Flooding
  • Sea Level Rise
  • Water Scarcity

Key vulnerable sectors

  • Biodiversity
  • Agriculture
  • Forestry
  • Health


Carlos Carreiras


206479 inhabitants

Contact person

João Dinis
Climate Change Project Manager


Mayors Adapt signatory

Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt

Sep 15, 2014

Last Update

Sep 26, 2016

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