Rajendra Pachauri was the president of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize, in 2007, for his effort to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change.


As a global challenge, climate change is an urgent issue that claims attention, in order for us to find solutions capable of mitigating its effects and help society adapt to them.

As such, on March 19, the Estoril Conferences organized a debate entitled “climate change: preparing for the future” at Casa das Histórias Paula Rego, in Cascais.

The room was full for an encounter that was divided into two parts and dedicated to understanding the role of local governments in adapting to the effects of climate change, focusing on the particular effects we might expect in Southern Europe, the region of the European continent where Portugal is integrated.

With an emphasis in Cascais, the first debate was carried out by Joana Pinto Balsemão, Councilwoman of Cascais for Environment and Green Structure, Climate Change, Sustainable Development Objectives, Citizenship and Participation, Filipe Duarte Santos, president of the National Council of the Environment and Sustainable Development and Professor at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon, and Eduardo Santos, director of the Climate Change Department of the Portuguese Environment Agency, and moderated by Luís Capão, president of the Administration Council of Cascais Ambiente.

For the second debate, which focused on Southern Europe and Portugal, Rajendra Pachauri spoke with the Deputy Minister for Environment, José Mendes, moderated by journalist and writer, José Rodrigues dos Santos.

The opening and closing sessions were conducted by Miguel Pinto Luz, Deputy Mayor of Cascais, Teresa Violante, Chairperson of the Estoril Conferences, and Carlos Carreiras, Mayor of Cascais.