Melgaço, Portugal

In Melgaço, circular economy principles are being tried and implemented broadly across various fields like the sustainability of natural resources - water,  recovery of organic waste - with a focus applying on selective processes to urban organic and recyclable materials (paper, plastic, glass, appliances), and on waste coming from rural industries. The municipality is deeply committed to investments on decarbonisation strategies and passive energy sources promotion.

Identity preservation

Melgaço is a territory deeply marked by the contrast between the mountains and the low-altitude landscapes bordering the Minho River. In this context, the promotion of territorial, socio-economic and cultural cohesion inherent in the preservation and enhancement of the identity of the territory is of great importance. 

Urban-rural cohesion

 Melgaço, situated close to the Spanish border, has a strong cross-border history and traditions. Together with the richness and diversity of the culture of its celebrated wine (Alvarinho), its remaining rural traditions and ancient anthropological roots, this contributes to the city's need to improve processes, systems and short circuits and to implement strategies that ensure urban/rural cohesion, for the benefit of all.