"City and Nature: Towards a new and respectful alliance" is the theme of the conference that João Ferrão will present, as part of the "Horizons of the Future" Cycle, next Thursday, May 23 at 9:30 p.m., in the Salão Nobre dos Paços of the Municipality of Loulé.
This presentation will address a very current issue that is of concern to those in charge around the world and will certainly be in line with those that have been some of the positions of the Loulé Autonomy in environmental matters and in what concerns adaptation to climate change .
Historically, cities have developed from rural areas (from old walls to recent urban perimeters) and against nature (by hiding it or replacing it with domesticated natural elements). However, since the beginning of this century evidence has grown that cities need, on the contrary, to create osmosis relationships with surrounding areas and with nature in general, either to better defend themselves against natural threats brought about by modern societies climate change, for example), or to ensure more sustainable patterns of personal, social and territorial development. In this context, the idea of environmentally friendly cities is interesting and useful, but limited. We need a lasting and dynamic city-nature alliance, built on a long-term strategic vision guided by the ambitious concept of desirable futures.
Born in 1952, João Ferrão holds a degree in Geography from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Lisbon and a PhD from the University of Lisbon in Human Geography.
He is a researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, where he coordinates the Research Group "Environment, Territory and Society" and the Council of Observatories.
It develops research in the areas of geography, spatial planning and regional and urban development.
He was a consultant to the OECD and coordinated several studies evaluating public policies for the Portuguese Government and for the European Commission.
He was Secretary of State for Spatial Planning and Cities and pro-Rector of the University of Lisbon.
He is a representative of the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities at the National Council for Environment and Sustainable Development.