Basic Information
Year of approval of the SD strategy and updates

NSDS was adopted in 2007.

Type of SD strategy

NSDS covers all three dimensions of SD.

Lead ministry/institution in the SD strategy process
Link to the SD strategy document

No information available. 

Further information about the SD strategy process

No information available. 

Agenda 2030 Implementation

No information available. 

Leading Ministry and respective unit

No information available. 

Other ministries involved

No information available. 

Main contact point for the implementation process

No information available. 

Links to main websites/documents on national implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs

No information available. 

Voluntary National Reviews
Vertical Integration

Neither local nor regional authorities were directly involved in the development of the NSDS. Representatives of local communities participate in the National Council for the Environment and Sustainable Development (NCESD).

Horizontal Integration

To provide for an integrated and horizontal implementation, the NSDS contains a ‘road map’ that indicates the institutions responsible for each measure. The NSDS also makes cross-references to other plans and action programmes which have to be reviewed following the new guidelines and objectives outlined in the NSDS.

The horizontal mechanisms have two main functions:

  • coordinating the implementation of the NSDS in the public administration sectors,
  • reviewing the progress in the implementation of the NSDS.

Since 2007 a bi-annual review process has been introduced. The last review was undertaken in 2009, which corresponds to the first bi-annual report, submitted to the EC in July 2009.  The second bi-annual report (July 2011) has not yet been published.

The evaluation and review process shall be done in articulation with the National Reform Programme (PNR), the Low-carbon Roadmap and the Environmental Technologies Action Plan (ETAP) Roadmap (now the Eco-innovation Action Plan, as adopted by the European Commission in December 2011).


The development of SD indicators was done by Statistics Portugal, in close collaboration with the organisations of the Ministry of Agriculture, Sea, Environment and Spatial Planning responsible for the monitoring of the NSDS.


The National Council of Sustainable Development (NCSD) was established in 1997. The NCSD has 36 members: ¼ is appointed by the Government (most often academics) and ¾ by industry, trade unions, environment NGOs and local communities. It is in administrative terms linked to the Ministry of Environment but has an independent secretariat. The President of the NCSD is appointed by the Prime Minister. The NCSD is an advisory body to the Government and Parliament on all SD issues and should act towards consensus-building among the members.

Subnational Activities

No information available.