What we do

At the heart of our work philosophy is a commitment to providing our clients with the answers they need. We believe in focusing our efforts on the areas where we excel, leveraging our expertise to deliver the best possible outcomes. But we also recognize the importance of embracing new challenges, whether they involve innovative methodologies or cutting-edge technologies.

Our goal is to constantly expand our horizons and explore new intervention areas, always striving to stay ahead of the curve and deliver exceptional results for our clients. Whether you are looking for a trusted partner to help you navigate complex issues or a team of experts to tackle your most pressing challenges, you can count on us to be there every step of the way.

    Development and Land Use Management

    The expertise in development and land use management spans across various scales, ranging from the vast expanse of the European space to the intricacies of detailed urban plans. This area of specialization is of paramount importance and is regularly overseen by experienced and knowledgeable multidisciplinary teams.

    The teams work in close coordination with each other to ensure that the development and management of land is carried out in a manner that is sustainable, responsible, and efficient.

    By leveraging their expertise in this area, they strive to create a balance between economic development and environmental conservation, while also taking into account social factors. Through careful planning and implementation, they aim to build thriving communities that are in harmony with the natural environment and meet the needs of the people who live there.

    • Special plans for land use management
    • Regional plans for land use management
    • Master plans
    • Land use management plans for public water dams
    • Land use management plans for coastal areas
    • Plans for hydrographical basins
    • Educational networks
    • Social facilities network
    • Sectoral studies
    • Socio-economic analysis and studies
    • Regional development studies
    • Development plans of regional and municipal tourism

    Strategic Planning

    CEDRU has been utilizing a comprehensive approach to strategic planning since 1986, which involves the integration of public policies and private investment in order to establish a long-term plan for accomplishing a specific set of development objectives.  This approach, known as the CEDRU matrix, is designed to ensure that both the public and private sectors are aligned in their efforts toward achieving a common goal.

    By leveraging the strengths of each sector, CEDRU is able to create a more effective and sustainable plan for development. Through careful analysis and collaboration, CEDRU is able to identify and prioritize the most pressing needs of the community, and develop strategies to address these needs in a manner that is both efficient and cost-effective. The result is a well-crafted, well-executed plan that leads to more prosperous and thriving communities.

    • Cities, municipal and regional strategic plans
    • Equipments strategic programmes
    • Cultural development plans
    • Sectoral development plans
    • Location studies

    Climate Change Adaptation

    Climate Change Adaptation is a crucial effort to mitigate the harmful impacts of climate change on both human and natural systems. The goal is to minimize their vulnerability to the actual or anticipated effects of climate change. CEDRU, as a prominent institution, is at the forefront of developing effective policies, strategies, and plans for climate change adaptation at various levels, including national, regional, metropolitan, inter-municipal, and municipal.

    With its multidisciplinary teams, CEDRU coordinates and produces sectoral studies, develops innovative planning methodologies, and implements practical solutions to address the challenges of climate change. As climate change continues to pose a significant threat to our planet, CEDRU’s expertise and leadership in this field play a crucial role in building resilience and sustainability in our communities.

    • National projects and initiatives
    • Regional Climate Change Adaptation Plans
    • Metropolitan Climate Change Adaptation Plans
    • Intermunicipal Climate Change Adaptation Plans
    • Municipal Climate Change Adaptation Plans


    Ongoing Projects

    Oeste + Adapta – Oeste CIM

    Urban Planning

    CEDRU has established a reputation for excellence in urban planning, a multifaceted discipline that encompasses various aspects of city design and development. We work in close collaboration with experts in the fields of architecture and landscaping to bring innovative and sustainable solutions to urban challenges.

    Our portfolio includes a wide range of projects, from small-scale interventions to large-scale urban regeneration plans, all of which reflect our commitment to creating livable, equitable, and resilient cities.

    Through our long and successful experience, we have developed a deep understanding of the complex social, economic, and environmental factors that shape urban landscapes, and we apply this knowledge to every project we undertake. At CEDRU, we believe that urban planning is not just about designing buildings and infrastructure; it is about creating spaces that facilitate human interaction, foster community engagement, and promote social and environmental sustainability.

    • Urban regeneration programmes
    • Urban development programmes
    • Urban enhancement programmes
    • Urban studies
    • Urbanization plans
    • Detailed plans

    Capacity Building and Institutional Development

    CEDRU has always included capacity building and institutional development in its operations. From devising strategies to on-site interventions, CEDRU has engaged in constant dialogue with the population, technicians, and political representatives, making a significant impact on the improvement of the region and its inhabitants. CEDRU’s approach can be viewed as collaborative learning in these domains, leading to the growth and empowerment of individuals and communities.

    • Support services to the preparation of tenders
    • Institutions action plans
    • Organizations implementation studies
    • Institutional publications
    • Elaboration of monographs
    • Communication documents production
    • Workshops and seminars organization
    • Specialized technical assessorship
    • Feasibility studies
    • Training sessions

    Evaluation and Monitoring

    In the realm of new public management, the evaluation and monitoring of projects, plans, programs, and public policies play a pivotal role in enhancing the efficiency, efficacy, and accountability of government institutions. To this end, CEDRU has emerged as one of the most reputable evaluation teams in Portugal, renowned for its extensive experience in the field of European-level evaluation.

    By employing a rigorous and data-driven approach, CEDRU has helped numerous public agencies and institutions to critically analyze and improve their policies and programs. Their expertise in evaluating the impact of public initiatives has enabled decision-makers to make evidence-based decisions, informed by reliable data and insights.

    CEDRU’s team of experienced evaluators possesses a deep understanding of the complex regulatory and institutional frameworks that underpin public policies and programs. This allows them to develop innovative evaluation methodologies that are tailored to the specific needs of each project or initiative.

    • Policies evaluation
    • Programmes evaluation
    • Impacts evaluation
    • Strategic Environmental Assessment
    • Programmes and plans monitoring

    European Studies

    CEDRU, as an active research institution, has contributed significantly to pan-European studies by providing responses to questions posed by the European Commission, Parliament, as well as national and regional entities.

    These studies have been conducted in collaboration with other European companies, universities, and research institutions, thereby providing an excellent opportunity for CEDRU to expand its international network. Moreover, these collaborations have provided a platform for advanced training for CEDRU’s board members, thereby augmenting their knowledge and expertise. Through these consortiums, CEDRU has been able to build fruitful partnerships, which have enabled it to stay at the forefront of research and innovation.

    • European policies evaluation
    • European programmes evaluation
    • European programmes and plans monitoring
    • European sectoral studies