City Profiles

Coruche - Portugal

Climate change impacts

Coruche has already experienced drought and extreme temperatures, flooding (river), and strong winds (tornado). In addition to these it is anticipated that Coruche will experience decreased precipitation, and intense periods of precipitation.

Main motivation for taking adaptation action

Coruche's main motivation for taking adaptation action is linked to the need for society to acquire greater environmental awareness. Local authorities like Coruche have the responsibility of mitigating and adapting land management practices that, in addition to framing relevant aspects of climate change, can share knowledge and safeguard the natural heritage of the town and its people.

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 Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change in Coruche (EMAAC)
Date of strategy/plan approval
Dec 09, 2016
Weblink of the strategy/ plan
Summary of the strategy/plan
The Municipal Strategy for Adapting to Climate Change is based on the analysis of current and future vulnerabilities identified via climate projections. In order to respond to these vulnerabilities, projects and measures have been identified that respond to the needs of mitigation and adaptation to climate change in the Municipality of Coruche. The adaptation options were evaluated and integrated into territorial management instruments at the municipal level.
Additional information on adaptation responses
Partners involved in the development of Coruche's adaptation strategy incldue EEA Grants, Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente (Portuguese Environment Agency), and Fundo Português do Carbono (Portuguese Carbon Fund).

Planned adaptation actions

The 10 adaptation options identified as having the highest priority in the EMAAC include 1) sustainable and rational use of the territory, minimizing the emission of GHG (greenhouse gases) and intensifying their removal; 2) preservation of natural resources (water and soil), in particular areas of high soil permeability; 3) integration of EMAAC into territorial management instruments; 4) integration of climate change in the strategic environmental assessment of the revision of the Coruche's directorial plan; 5) creation of indicators for monitoring adaptation measures to climate change within the framework of the municipal directorial plan; 6) creation of a monitoring, forecasting and response system – early warning and warning systems, in the review of the municipal emergency plan; 7) elaboration of the Management Plans for the Monte da Barca and Agolada (local classified sites); 8) promotion of favourable conditions for atmospheric circulation and control of air temperatures, especially in urban areas, through the use of green elements in roofs and facades and shading on the exterior of buildings (narrow streets and afforestation); 9) regeneration and revitalization of urban centers, taking into account sustainability criteria, in particular through the implementation of a sustainable urban mobility plan; and 10) planning of residential areas, equipment transport, communication systems, and economic activities that reduce exposure to climate impacts and improve energy efficiency.

Good practice / spotlight item

The Municipality of Coruche is one of 26 municipalities that developed its Municipal Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change (EMAAC) through the ClimAdaPT.Local project, which in addition to creating local adaptation strategies, also aims to train municipal technicians on adaptation, and create a platform and network for local adaptation. The EMAAC of Coruche integrated the contributions of a local workshop held at the Cork and Cork Observatory on October 20, 2015, with the participation of 50 key actors representing various sectors of civil society and the economic activity of the county.

The strategic vision of the Municipal Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change in the municipality of Coruche is for the town to become a more resilient municipality through its greater capacity to adapt to climate change. Uncertainty in the evolution of the climate requires that innovative, ever-evolving decision-making tools are constantly monitored in order to promote a more sustainable territory, greater economic development, and greater protection of people and goods. In accordance with the National Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change (ENAAC), the Municipal Strategy for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Municipality of Coruche, has the general objective of understanding and adopting appropriate measures for good management of the territory in the face of climatic risks. Other transversal objectives that were identified include:

· Deepen the knowledge of the municipality regarding its exposure to extreme meteorological events, and their additional adverse impacts on public safety and health;

· Improve the qualification and training of technicians and entities that have responsibility for adaptation within the municipality;

· Raise awareness and promote the involvement of key local actors, and the general population, in the adaptation process; and

· Improve communication between entities involved in the management, planning and planning of the territory and the other strategic sectors of the EMAAC.

What sectors are concerned
  • Urban
  • Water management
  • Health

Mayor Francisco Silvestre de Oliveira

Climate change impacts

  • Extreme Temperatures
  • Droughts
  • Forest Fires
  • Water Scarcity

Key vulnerable sectors

  • Urban
  • Buildings
  • Biodiversity
  • Financial
  • Health
  • Water Management
  • Agriculture


Francisco Silvestre de Oliveira


19944 inhabitants

Contact person

Rosa Lopes
Environmental engineer


Mayors Adapt signatory

Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt

Jul 15, 2015

Covenant of Mayors 2020 signatory

Last Update

Feb 20, 2017

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