Municipality of Mirandela
The municipality of Mirandela copes with a number of different spatial hazards (floods, fires, technological) that lead to the development of innovative instruments with an aim to include risk mitigation in spatial planning. The civil defense services in Portugal are organized into three territorial levels, which are: national, regional and municipal. On the national level there’s the National Authority for Civil defense services; on the district level there are eighteen District Centers for Rescue Operations; and on the municipal level there’s the Municipal Civil Defense Services, operating from the Town Halls. The Mirandela’s Municipal Civil Defense Service works in the area of the municipality of Mirandela and started its activities in May 2004. Ever since, it has carried out various activities, in accordance to the Basic Law of Civil Defense. Thus, the performance of this service aims at all parts of the disaster management cycle with a strong focus on spatial mitigation.
For example, the Mirandela’s Municipal Civil Defense Services are preparing a Natural and Technological Risk Atlas which will enable users to assess the exact location and the characteristics connected to each risk. It includes twelve natural risks and twelve technological risks. The experience and competences of the Mirandela municipality will contribute significantly to the goals of the project, wchich makes the city of Mirandela a highly relevant partner in the project. Through the exchange activities Mirandela will be able to share its instruments and experience in the field of risk assessment and mapping with the other partners. The primary interest of Mirandela to participate in this project is not only founded in the capacity to share its own experiences. Through the exchange with other partners, Mirandela aims to strengthen its own policies and tools to further increase its spatial mitigation capacities in order to enable sustainable development for its town and region.