The municipality of Praia is implementing two green space projects to enhance the natural potential and well-being of the approximately 160,000 inhabitants of the Cape Verdean capital.
In Cape Verde, the municipality of Praia is launching two projects to develop green spaces in the capital. The first project will allow the implementation of an ecological park in the locality of Ribeira de Palmarejo Grande. The second project aims to create a green park near Tahiti beach.
According to the mayor, these two initiatives, which will start work by the end of 2022, are part of a priority agenda focused on the environment and clean energy. “With our technicians, we are going to install solar energy in one of the schools in the district, and then install it on the sports field and in the streets. For the neighbourhoods that do not have space to create greenery, we will rehabilitate existing open spaces. The city council will bet on the plant species and trees that will be present along the roundabouts and that are economically sustainable,” explains Francisco Carvalho.
This ecological project supported by the municipality of Praia comes seven months after the inauguration of the Bubs Ponta Cais gazebo (a children’s playground dotted with fruit trees, editor’s note) located in the port district of Achada Grande Frente. The development of the site was jointly financed by the State of Cape Verde, the European Union (EU) through the project Strengthening the Adaptation Capacity and Resilience of the Forestry Sector in Cape Verde (Reflor-CV), as well as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as part of its “Green City” programme launched in 2021.
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According to the UN agency based in Rome, Italy, this initiative will be implemented in 1,000 cities around the world by 2030. The programme aims to make urban areas more natural, clean and resilient. “The aim is to improve the well-being of city dwellers, particularly through access to products and services provided by agriculture and agroforestry,” says the FAO.