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Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic (Portuguese: República Portuguesa [ʁɛˈpuβlikɐ puɾtuˈɣezɐ]), is a country whose mainland is located on the Iberian Peninsula, in Southwestern Europe, and whose territory also includes the Atlantic archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira. It features the westernmost point in mainland Europe and its Iberian portion is bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain, the sole country to have a land border with Portugal. Its two archipelagos form two autonomous regions with their own regional governments. The official and national language is Portuguese. Lisbon is the capital and largest city.

Biodiversity[edit | edit source]

Greater Côa Valley rewilding area: Located in Portugal in the Côa Valley on the border with Spain. Rewilding Europe is trying to increase the number of semi-wild livestock such as feral horses and cows. Due to depopulation and land abandonment, there is a significant decrease in grazing, which has caused natural succession and more plant cover in the landscapes. The organisation promotes grazing as a tool to lower the risk of fire. The organisation claims more "wild" livestock will lead to more diverse "mosaic landscapes", which may improve conditions for populations of roe deer and other species including some which are extinct from the region such as Iberian ibex. Besides the promotion of conservation grazing, the organisation is also occupied with promoting ecotourism, advocacy in order to convince the Portuguese government to set aside more land in order to create a biological corridor, and a project to increase number of the wolves in the area. W

Environment quality[edit | edit source]

ClairCity, Eu project about air pollution and CO2 emissions in cities, putting the power in the hands of residents to determine the best local solutions.

Community involvement[edit | edit source]

Lisbon’s Green PB[edit | edit source]

Starting in 2019 Lisbon City Council's first ever 'green' PB, an initiative supported and managed by South Pole and EIT ClimateKIC's City Finance Lab, has been allocated a €5 million budget to support climate change mitigation and adaptation projects selected by local citizens.

Part of Lisbon City's wider participatory budget, it sets aside funds for projects with positive climate change mitigation and adaptation impacts, such as cycling lanes, tree planting for street heat reduction, or water capture and storage. The impact of the 'green' participatory budget is designed to be two-fold; ensuring constant annual investments into the city's low-carbon transition, whilst also raising awareness among citizens of the benefits of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects. [1]

Other initiatives[edit | edit source]

Cascais participatory budget, 2011 - 2017

Community energy[edit | edit source]

Wind power in Portugal - wikipedia:Renewable energy in Portugal

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

Critical Mass bicycle rides in Portugal

Education for sustainability[edit | edit source]

Centro de Educação Ambiental, Torres Vedras

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Solar cooking resources in Portugal

Sharing[edit | edit source]

The People Who Share - Portugal

Resources[edit | edit source]

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Research[edit | edit source]

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Tamera is a peace research village with the goal of becoming "a self-sufficient, sustainable and duplicable communitarian model for nonviolent cooperation and cohabitation between humans, animals, nature, and Creation for a future of peace for all." It is also often called a "healing biotope". Literally translated, "biotope" simply means a place where life lives. In Tamera, however, "healing biotope" is also described as a "greenhouse of trust, an acupuncture point of peace, and a self-sufficient future community." It is located on 335 acres (1.36 km2) in the Alentejo region of southwestern Portugal.

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News and comment[edit | edit source]

2020

Portuguese children sue 33 countries over climate change at European court, Sep 3 [2]

Lisbon’s Colour-Coded Approach to Improving Quality of Life, Mar 10 [3]

2017

Climate Change Related Drought Bakes the Iberian Peninsula, Nov 10 [4]

Arid land to a fertile Eden: permaculture lessons from Portugal, Mar 7 [5]

2016

Tem um projecto para Portugal? Há três milhões no primeiro Orçamento Participativo nacional, Jul 18 [6]

Portugal ran on renewable energy alone for four days, May 16 [7]

2014

Lisbon ShareFest Brings Together the Portuguese Sharing Community, May 8 [8]

2010

Pioneering Portugal has radically reduced its dependence on fossil fuels. This year nearly half of its electricity will come from renewable sources, August 20 [9]

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