Municipal Spatial Planning

Mafra Municipality, Portugal

The Master Plan for Mafra Municipality dates back to 1995 and was updated in 2015. However, the spatial planning process is still ongoing as it needs to be aligned with the current legislation and with the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).
The land use model of 1995 was not compatible with specific territorial needs. Mafra Municipality has seen more demand in tourism and has been called on to safeguard natural values and biodiversity as factors of differentiation and competitiveness for Lisbon Metropolitan Area’s identity.
This case explores how the three instrumental perspectives can sustain the promotion of biodiversity in actions already undertaken. Moreover, it investigates how dialogical regimes among multiple stakeholders can enhance transformative capacity to promote biodiversity.