How Atlantic Cities adapted to Covid-19

Following the ecoRIS3 project, Atlantic Cities had the mission to identify and share a set of Good Practices of its member cities, in the context of Covid-19.

This mission also aimed to share these Good Practices with the other partners of the ecoRIS3 project and potential stakeholders. In particular, such as the initiatives of transformation and digital innovation that allowed, in this context, the promotion of sustainable enterprises, contributing to regional economic growth and employment.

Therefore, Atlantic Cities implemented the following work methodology:

The ‘How cities outside the partnership adapted to Covid-19’ report (Atlantic Cities, February 2022) is the culmination of the work methodology described above, presenting the main good practices identified in recovery in a Covid context of some of Atlantic Cities member cities, namely from the cities of Cork (Ireland), Viana do Castelo (Portugal), Lisbon (Portugal), Faro (Portugal), A Coruña (Spain), Gijón (Spain), Brest (France) and Rennes (France). The draft report can be found in the ecoRIS3 website library through this link.

Most of the measures and policies carried out by these cities have a socio-economic character, especially the initiatives carried out in 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic.

However, Atlantic Cities also identify other types of initiatives of an economic character, namely, urban planning; communication and territorial branding; support for the entrepreneurial ecosystem and associations, including through digital solutions and virtual events; housing support; financial support for micro and small businesses; support for the cultural and creative sector; various tax reductions and exemptions for citizens and companies and creation of virtual platforms for citizens’ involvement in public policies.

Finally, Atlantic Cities consider that some of these good practices could be good examples of mitigation and adaptation to Covid-19. This context has allowed us to rethink cities, making them more pleasant, safer, greener and resilient.

For further information on the ‘How cities outside the partnership adapted to Covid-19’ report please see report here or contact, Cátia Martins by e-mail at

The ecoRIS3 Special Edition Covid-19 Newsletter 1 March 2022 is also available here.