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The Lisbon Resilience Action Plan, developed within RESCCUE, presented at the “Flood Risk Management in the city of Lisbon” webinar


The Lisbon Resilience Action Plan, developed within RESCCUE, presented at the “Flood Risk Management in the city of Lisbon” webinar

Last 29th April, Maria Telhado, Head of the Environment, Green Structure, Climate and Energy Office at the  Lisbon City Council, presented the Lisbon Resilience Action Plan, one of RESCCUE’s main results, at the “Flood Risk Management in the city of Lisbon” webinar, organized by C40 CITIES: Urban Flooding Network.

Lisbon is one of the three cities chosen by the RESCCUE project to validate its tools and methodologies. On the northern bank of the Tagus River’s estuary, the Portuguese capital is located at the middle of the Metropolitan Area with 2.8 million inhabitants. With a population of over half a million living in a complex coastal ecosystem, the city has urban challenges such as aging infrastructure, buildings, economic pressure, energy and poverty. Besides, Lisbon is facing several climate shocks and stresses, such as earthquakes, landslides, floods due to rain, tsunamis, rising sea levels, urban fires and pollution affecting the air, water, soil and biodiversity resources.

To better understand the situation of the city, Lisbon has evaluated the projections of climate scenarios and combined several strategies to manage the effects of sea-level rise, increased extreme weather events (urban flooding), increased temperature and decreased rainfall.

All this was reflected at the webinar “Flood Risk Management in the city of Lisbon”. Maria Telhado highlighted the role of the Lisbon City council and explained how Lisbon should prevent and prepare for adverse weather conditions to manage risks in the city. In this sense, the Lisbon resilience action plan, developed within RESCCUE, was presented. This plan, along with Barcelona’s and Bristol’s resilience action plans, is one of the key results of the project. Produced at the very end, it presents the strategic lines on which the city must focus, considering also the concrete measures that will be applied to solve specific problems.

These plans also integrate the other RESCCUE results that have been produced in the recent months, such as impact assessments of future scenarios for the sectors considered, the final prioritisation of adaptation strategies or the resilience reassessment considering future scenarios, adaptation strategies and defining the cascading effects in each research site.

These results not only aim at providing an overview of the resilience building in Barcelona, Bristol and Lisbon, but are intended to help many other cities around the world build their capacity to adapt to current and future shocks and stresses.