Lisbon’s resilience journey
Lisbon is a major economic center both for Portugal and for the rest of the continent. The city has strong civil protection capacity, and is home to a diverse population.
However, many of the city’s buildings are centuries old, and infrastructure is likewise aging. Though Lisbon has the technical expertise and political will to undertake upgrades, it also faces financial constraints due to the global economic crisis. Urban improvement projects will be required to ensure that residents have ongoing access to services, and to reduce the risk from seismic activity, which could cripple current structures and networks.
The city is preparing for other threats by integrating response services to increase efficiency and effectiveness. But Lisbon recognizes that it has more work to do in planning effectively for larger, more severe events brought on by climate change.