Outlining Community Perceptions of Climate Change in Local Adaptation Strategies Development: The Case of ClimAdaPT.Local

  • Luísa SchmidtEmail author
  • Adriana Ferreira Alves
  • Susana Valente
  • João Morais Mourato
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ClimAdaPT.Local’s goal was the development of 26 Municipal Adaptation Strategies for Climate Change (EMAAC). The project aimed to increase the capacity of these municipalities to incorporate adaptation to Climate Change (CC) in their planning instruments. To do so, several methodologies and tools were specifically developed. One of these, the local stakeholder engagement strategy, constitutes an innovation as far as the development of these strategies in Portugal is concerned. This paper focuses on this stakeholder engagement process and its achievements. ClimAdaPT.Local’s stakeholder engagement was workshop based. These were put in place in order to understand perceptions of CC, its impacts, local risks, but also survey potential inputs into the ongoing EMAAC development. Each session comprised several discussion tables, intending to: (i) obtain a global reference framework on perceptions and sensitivity to CC at the local level; (ii) complement the vulnerabilities assessment made by the technical staff from each municipality; (iii) inform, adjust and optimise the local adaptation strategies. In addition, stakeholders were asked to share their visions of the future, namely how CC and local territorial identity will be articulated in the near, and not so near, future. The analytical findings encompassed in paper refer to point (i). All in all, in Portugal, there is a widespread perception that CC is happening, in particular among social groups that engage in activities such as agriculture and fishing. And despite being considered to pose a threat, CC is, at the same time, broadly perceived as a window of opportunity to put in place measures that improve local living conditions.


Climate change Local adaptation Community perceptions Stakeholders Adaptation strategies Portugal ClimAdaPT.Local 



The authors wish to thank the Consortium of ClimAdaPT.Local led by professor Filipe Duarte Santos and Gil Penha-Lopes (CCIAM–FCUL) and EEA Grants, the Portuguese Carbon Fund and also the Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente (APA).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luísa Schmidt
    • 1
    Email author
  • Adriana Ferreira Alves
    • 1
  • Susana Valente
    • 2
  • João Morais Mourato
    • 1
  1. 1.Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal
  2. 2.Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de LisboaCenter for Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Changes (CE3C)Campo GrandePortugal

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