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“I am going to present publicly the first report of the State of the planning of the territory, which starts from the indicators of measurement that are established in the Agenda for the Territory”, affirmed the Secretary of State for Spatial Planning and Conservation of Nature, Célia Ramos, in statements to Lusa agency.

The Secretary of State added that this presentation “will allow us to state the situation of reference when the National Program for Territorial Planning Policy was approved, a work that will be continued by the Observatory for Spatial Planning and Urban Planning to be created with the General Directorate of Territory, which will function in the same way as the preparation of the new program ‘.

“The message that the Program brings us to the level of physical planning is also for sustainability, which is heavily grounded in the issues of climate change, while also giving, through natural capital, a huge response to those issues that have to do with territories of lower density, “said Célia Ramos.

Noting that “in the next 30 years no changes are expected in low-density areas”, the Secretary of State stated that “we must know how to live with this situation. A different thing is to say that low density territories are abandoned. They are not, in the same way that the territories of greater densities will not be abandoned either.

National Program Goals

The National Program for Spatial Planning Policy identifies four fundamental problems: climate change, demographic problems, technological revolutions and economics.

“Along with the design of a territorial model with its structuring dimensions, the new program also includes the size of its natural capital, which covers about 75% of the territory,” said Célia Ramos.

The Secretary of State also noted: “In addition to urban and connectivity systems, including accessibility and mobility, the Program emphasizes not only wealth but also the most threatened and vulnerable areas from an environmental and social point of view ‘.

Landscaping Sustainability

“Our territory has undergone a huge transformation in the use and occupation of the soil throughout the Central region, where there is a large percentage of the area occupied by the forest,” said Célia Ramos, adding that “these territories must be always have an economic basis’.

The Secretary of State said: “It is utopian to think that, in order to conserve, it is enough to let it remain as it is”, when “in order to preserve, we need active action and measures of active management and proximity that allow the people and activities that develop ecological functions and ecosystem services’.

“In order to achieve a more sustainable landscape, it is necessary to combat some monocultures and create the diversity that once existed in the light of new technologies and innovation, and also to pay for long-term ecosystem services”, added Célia Ramos, concluding that foreseeing, soon, the announcement of compensation for ecosystem services in two pilot areas: Tejo Internacional and the Açor mountain range.

Approved in the Assembly of the Republic on June 14, the National Program for Land Management Policy results from a substitution document approved by the Committee on Environment, Spatial Planning, Decentralization, Local Power and Housing, which originated in a Government.

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