Lisboa, Western Europe’s oldest city, is a major economic center for both Portugal and the rest of the continent. However, many of the city’s buildings are centuries old, and infrastructure is likewise aging. Though the city has strong technical expertise and political will to undertake upgrades, it also faces financial constraints from the global economic crisis. Urban improvement projects will be required to ensure 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—especially storms—by integrating response services to increase efficiency and effectiveness. But officials recognize that they have more work to do to plan effectively for larger, more severe events brought on by climate change.
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