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Factsheet for measure PT-2017-28/2687 – measures in Portugal

National Strategy for Environmental Education

Estratégia Nacional de Educação Ambiental (ENEA2020)

Country Portugal , applies nationwide
Time period Open ended, started on 11 July 2017
Context Green Transition, Restructuring Support Instruments
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Promoting the economic, labour market and social recovery into a green future
– Active labour market policies (enhancing employability, training, subsidised job creation, etc.)
Author Paula Carrilho (CESIS)
Measure added 23 June 2022 (updated 20 October 2022)

Background information

The National Strategy for Environmental Education (ENEA 2020) was approved by the Resolution of the Council of Ministers 100/2017 of 8 June and was elaborated in articulation with the commitments assumed by Portugal in the field of sustainability, notably in line with the Paris Agreement and the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.

Content of measure

The Portuguese National Environmental Education Strategy (ENEA2020) consist of 16 measures framed into three strategic objectives:

  • Environmental education, transversal.
  • Environmental education, open.
  • Environmental education and participation.

These objectives are functional to match the three central pillars of the government's environmental policy: decarbonising society, making the economy circular and valuing the territory. The strategy uses training and communication campaigns to inform citizens, students and workers about the importance of these topics.

In particular, measure no. 9 covers training for professionals employed in specific sectors with the aim to promote environmental and sustainable awareness. The measure also promotes professional internships for technicians in the environmental area.

The training programme is available for:

  • Direct, indirect and autonomous administrations
  • Institutions from state business sector
  • Municipalities
  • Educational establishments
  • Universities and similar
  • Research centres
  • Companies, regardless of their legal form
  • Associations and foundations
  • Non-governmental environmental organisations and similar

The measure is supported by the Institute of Employment and Professional Training, Directorate-General for Economic Activities, Portuguese Environment Agency, Commissions for the regional coordination and development (CCDR), Businesses.

Within the framework of ENEA2020, the annual amount to be made available will never be less than €1 million to support Environmental Education projects. A specific financing item for the development of ENEA 2020 will be ensured, with co-financing rates between 70% to 95%.

In addition, the thematic Operational Programme for 'Sustainability and Efficiency in the Use of Resources (PO SEUR)' (2014-2020) will guarantee the opening of specific notices aimed at supporting environmental education and awareness actions provided for in ENEA 2020, with an estimated total allocation of €13.7 million.

Use of measure

No information to date.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Employees in standard employment
Applies to all businesses Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Other social actors (e.g. NGOs)
Public support service providers
European Funds
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown



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