Almada is a city and a municipality in Portugal, located on the southern margin of the Tagus River, on the opposite side of the river from Lisbon. The two cities are connected by the 25 de Abril Bridge. The population in 2011 was 174,030, in an area of 70.21 km². The urbanized center had a population of 101,500 in 2001.
Almada has a local sustainable development strategy based on the principles of the United Nations Plan of Action, Agenda 21 and the National Strategy for Sustainable Development.
The strategy of the municipality is based on the practice of concrete policies and actions in various fields such as education and culture, mobility, urban and environmental qualification, solidarity, mitigation of climate change, protection of biodiversity, improvement of public intervention .
“Defending and qualifying the public service, investing in local resources, using natural resources wisely, safeguarding the Environment and the integrity of the Planet and promoting citizenship as pillars of sustainability” are some of the objectives of the Almada strategy.
Promoting citizen participation and civil society is also a fundamental principle of the municipality, which believes that the more citizens know and adopt a more sustainable life locally, the easier it will be to achieve nationally and internationally defined objectives.
In the 1990s, the Almada municipality has a major boost in the development of road infrastructure, school equipment, the municipal network of sports, cultural, social and youth facilities, social housing, parks and green areas. of Integrated Development.
The structuring road network, the main water supply and sanitation network is expanded, and the construction of Wastewater Treatment Plants is started. The great green lung of the city is built – the 60 hectares of Peace Park.
It is the decade of construction and start-up of the Municipal Network of Sports Infrastructures and of the Municipal Network of Cultural Equipment, the process of the City Museum and the new Municipal Theater begins.
The Historical Center of Almada Velha is recovered, creating new centers of tourist, cultural, social and business interest: recovery of the Garden of the Castle, construction of the elevator of Boca do Vento, Jardim do Rio and Jardim Botânico.
The Municipal Master Plan is approved, the Local Development Agencies, the Municipal House of the Environment and the Municipal Environment Plan are created, Madan Parque – Science and Technology Park.
The first phase of a social housing program begins, with more than a thousand houses and the relocation and insertion of families. New supply areas are being built or built: Charneca and Feijo markets, Sobreda / Charneca commercial area and Almada Forum.
The health needs are answered at the Garcia de Orta Hospital, in the new Health Centers. In order to answer some safety issues, the Almada Division of the PSP and the Citizen Security Council are created.
The Higher Education is affirmed with the expansion of the Faculty of Science and Technology, the Piaget Institute and the start of operation of the Higher Institute of Health Sciences and the Egas Moniz School.
In the area of mobility is the height of the entry into operation of the convoy of the bridge and the progress of the struggle for the South Metro of the Tagus.
The 1990s correspond to an accelerated transformation in all fields of local, individual and collective life.
City of Almada is a member of Energy Cities since 1998
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