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Torres Vedras - Portugal

Climate change impacts

Decrease in average annual rainfall, with a potential increase in winter rainfall. Increase in average annual temperature in particular the maximum temperatures. Increase in extreme weather events.

Main motivation for taking adaptation action

The main motivation of Torres Vedras for taking adaptation action is to identify what adaptation actions the municipality needs to implement as well as to guarantee the preservation and promotion of natural values, well-being, quality of life, safety, and competitiveness of the economy in the territory. The city will integrate adaptation options into municipal planning tools and embrace the potential positive effects in some sectors.

Adaptation strategy

Have you already developed an adaptation strategy?
Yes, we have an adaptation strategy
Name of the strategy/ plan (If adopted)
Municipal Strategy for Climate Change Adaptation (EMAAC)
Date of strategy/plan approval
Apr 01, 2016
Summary of the strategy/plan
Torres Vedras is one of 26 municipalities in Portugal participating in the ClimAdaPT.Local project, which aims to begin a continuous process culminating in the elaboration of Municipal Strategies for Adaptation to Climate Change (EMAAC) and the integration thereof into municipal planning tools. Torres Vedras' plan will be developed in a participatory process with representatives from many sectors as well as national groups with adaptation expertise. The Plan will include a vulnerability and risk assessment of expected climate change in Torres Vedras.

Planned adaptation actions

Torres Vedras' planned adaptation actions include, for example, dune recovery and the protection of other coastal areas; the planning and promotion of urban green areas as a response to urban flooding, heat waves, and other impacts; the integration of adaptation options into municipal planning tools; and the implementation of educational and awareness raising campaigns about climate change.

Good practice / spotlight item

Dune field recovery in Foz do Sizandro
In Torres Vedras there are about 125 hectares of dunes. These dunes are active and unstable systems that play an important role in the protection of the coasts and serve as rich ecosystems that are home to diverse flora and fauna. In the past 3 years the Municipality has successfully facilitated the recovery of these systems by increasing of the volume and biodiversity of the dunes to enhance their functions as supplementary sources of sediments and a barrier to overtopping and flooding. The main objective of Torres Vedras is to ensure environmental sustainability in the coastal zone, avoid beach erosion, ensure flood protection, and maintain an ecosystem that promotes landscape diversity and its natural resources.
What sectors are concerned
  • Biodiversity
  • Coastal areas
Torres Vedras
The Foz do Sizandro dunes.

Climate change impacts

  • Droughts
  • Flooding
  • Sea Level Rise
  • Storms

Key vulnerable sectors

  • Urban
  • Buildings
  • Biodiversity
  • Energy
  • Forestry
  • Health
  • Water Management
  • Coastal areas
  • Agriculture
  • Transport


Carlos Miguel


79465 inhabitants

Contact person

Sandra Pedro
Head of Urban Areas Management Division


Mayors Adapt signatory

Date of officially joining Mayors Adapt

Sep 12, 2014

Last Update

Oct 18, 2016

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