Leiria, Pombal and Ourém among the municipalities of the region with the EcoXXI 2020 green flag – Region of Leiria

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Nine municipalities out of the 56 awarded the Green Flag EcoXXI 2020 award achieved an index equal to or above 80% in the program, which this year had more than 60 participants. Leiria and Pombal make the group exemplary. Ourém is one of 14 new municipalities to appear on the list, compared to the previous year.

According to what was revealed this Wednesday 16, during the online presentation of the “Green Flag Award EcoXXI 2020”, the municipalities of Pombal, Loures, Torres vedras, Águeda, Leiria, Lousã, Braga, Funchal and Maia achieved a score equal to or greater than 80%, in a set of 21 indicators which allow “to measure the behavior of each municipality on the road to sustainability”.

For the seventh consecutive year, the municipality of Leiria received the ECOXXI diploma from the European Blue Flag Association (ABAE) and joined the municipalities at the national level that obtained the highest score.

This year, 62 municipalities have submitted applications, nine more than in 2019, including 14 participants for the first time, including Ourém, Oeiras, Sintra, Beja, Braga and Torres Novas.

The municipalities of Lisbon, Guimarães, Santa Cruz da Graciosa, Soure and Tomar did not renew their requests.

Of the 62 applicants, 56 municipalities won the EcoXXI green flag for achieving an index equal to or above 50%, while six failed to meet the minimum targets to be distinguished.

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“Fifty-six municipalities won the flag, which is a testament to the good results obtained and the ability to become more sustainable,” said José Archer, president of Associação Bandeira Azul (ABAE), promoter of the EcoXXI program.

As already happened in 2019, the Lisbon district was the most participatory, with nine municipalities (one more than last year), followed by Coimbra, with eight municipalities (also one more compared to 2019 ), and the Autonomous Region of the Azores, with six (the same number in 2019).

The EcoXXI program has been implemented since 2005 by the Association Pavillon Bleu d’Europe and aims to recognize the best sustainability practices at the municipal level, through the evaluation, by a set of experts, of 21 indicators and 71 sub -indicators in the environmental, social and economic fields.

In 2020, EcoXXI included, for the first time, specific indicators in the area of ​​climate change and health and well-being, with themes such as sustainability education, citizenship, participation and governance, land use, management and conservation of forests. ; air quality, sustainable mobility and sustainable tourism, among others.

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