On September 15 was approved the Charter of principles for a more sustainable coastal community, the result of the international conference Litorall22, which brought together more than 150 experts from 27 countries in Costa da Caparica. The conference was promoted by NOVA School of Science and Technology | FCT NOVA, Almada City Council, MARE - Centre for Marine and Environmental Sciences and the Coast & Marine Union (EUCC).
This charter results from the 4 days of the meeting, the excellence of the works presented and discussed allowed the organizing commission to collect a set of principles, from which the seven key ones were selected and named "Costa da Caparica Commitment for Local Climate Action - Commitments for a coastal community sustainable, resilient and adapted to climate challenges".
The principles, fully aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are:
1. Quality of life
A community with universal access to essential services, including housing, food, health, work, security, education. A socially less vulnerable community to the impacts of climate change. A community with climate resilient livelihoods.
2. Resilience to hazards and security
A community that is less vulnerable and more resilient to the hazards and risks associated with climate change and natural and technological disasters. A community whose safety is based on a community strategy and action plan for climate change adaptation, response, relief and security. A community with an extreme event warning system.
3. Institutions, social and intergenerational equity
A local civil society and government institutions with the capacity to implement public policies that promote climate adaptation. A vibrant, harmonious and inclusive community where everyone has a place and a right to personal fulfilment and happiness. A community that is fair in adapting to climate change. An empowered and active community.
4. Economic Vitality
An economically fulfilled community based on a decarbonised economy based on local resources and values. A community committed to the blue, circular economy, more adapted and less vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
5. Decarbonised mobility
A community with access to a public transport network and a soft mobility network promoting efficient and decarbonised connectivity.
6. Environmental quality
A community with access to a green and blue infrastructure promoting quality ecosystem services and high biodiversity. A community with access to quality public spaces, housing, water, sanitation and air. A community better prepared to adapt with natural-based solutions to climate change.
7. Adaptive governance, active engagement and literacy
An empowered, active, emancipated and coresponsible community. Community-based adaptation
The Commitment was approved in plenary at the closing session of Littoral22, by the delegates present and by the representatives of the City Council of Almada, NOVA School of Science and Technology | FCT NOVA, MARE - Centre for Marine and Environmental Sciences and Coast & Marine Union (EUCC).