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Matosinhos is Portugal's first Resilience Hub

Matosinhos becomes the first UN Resilience Hub in Portugal

Matosinhos becomes the first UN Resilience Hub in Portugal

The city joins the Province of Potenza (Italy) as the newest role models for the Making Cities Resilient 2030 initiative

Europe has just gained two new Resilience Hubs, which will boost the aims of the Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) mission. These are Matosinhos, in Portugal (making it the first Hub in that country), and the Province of Potenza, in Italy.

The announcement was made during the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, convened by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), and hosted by the Government of Indonesia in Bali on 23 May.

Diversifying the resilient examples across the continent

Matosinhos, which hosted the European Forum for Disaster Risk Reduction (EFDRR) back in November, has introduced a number of initiatives to minimise the severity of disasters, including a 10-year "Zero Fires" strategy to prevent forest fires. As a result, last year, the city experienced 24 fires compared to 108 in 2015.

The city also carried out more than 3,000 community awareness campaigns between 2009 and 2019, and in 2021 created the Matosinhos Safety Home, where the public can learn about the risks of everyday life through simulations. The Municipality is committed to sharing its experience with the broader MCR2030 network, and is in the early stages of collaborating with cities in Brazil as well as with Dili (East Timor).

"As mayor of Matosinhos, I believe in the power of positive support, valuing the prevention, self-protection and resilience of our population," said Luisa Salgueiro, Mayor of Matosinhos.

Meanwhile, the Province of Potenza, which covers 100 municipalities, has established a permanent network for regional coordination around disaster risk reduction, investing in structural infrastructure as well as public awareness and communication campaigns.

Since 2013, the province has included disaster resilience in its regional sustainable socio-economic development strategies, turning it into a real structural territorial action to be implemented by influencing and orienting urban planning. 

The province has become a national role model for its Provincial Civil Protection System, which includes a seismic monitoring network that has been integrated into the Italian Strong Motion Network (RAN) since 2014. The region was among those affected by the 6.6-magnitude Irpinia earthquake, which impacted 15,000 people in the south of Italy in 1980.

"The Province of Potenza has been guided in its resilience journey by the principles of comprehensiveness, inclusiveness and integration of territorial safety, together with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals," said Rocco Guarino, President of the Province.

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