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The plan aims to coordinate the conservation of biodiversity in urban developments.
- Ministry of Environment photo -

Published Friday, June 4, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The first National Urban Environment Agenda was presented by the government in a virtual event organized by the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP.

The plan aims to coordinate the conservation of biodiversity in urban developments.

"The information provided by the agenda will be extremely valuable to make decisions for the benefit of the people. The agenda will allow the development of projects suited to the needs of the municipalities and their citizens, with the best sustainability indexes and will promote a Green Greater Metropolitan Area, that motivates people to move through their biological corridors and enjoy their parks,” the first lady, Claudia Dobles said during the presentation of the government plan.

Municipalities in urban areas will be able to make better environmental decisions and propose actions that connect forest areas on the river banks or even expand existing green spaces, according to the plan.

The strategy will also allow public institutions and local governments to coordinate the development of more urban natural parks, which will be part of new Interurban Biological Corridors in the Greater Metropolitan Area, which is the zone made up of cities in the outskirts of San José such as Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago.

The agenda proposes a coordination mechanism between public institutions to improve actions aimed at developing more accessible, resilient and sustainable cities.

Among the most outstanding points of the plan are the decarbonization of the cities, building green urban areas, developing more technology innovation and research, improving the performance of local governments and their financing opportunities.

According to the government, the Productive Landscapes Project executed by the UNDP used the methodology implemented by the " National Land Use, Land Cover  and Ecosystems Monitoring System" for the first time in the Interurban Biological Corridor built in the banks of the María Aguilar River.

The result of the data shows in 2019 an extension of 1,126.75 hectares of green area was developed, which is 29.04% of a total extension of 3,876 hectares.

This biological corridor created on the banks of the Maria Aguilar River passes through the cantons of La Unión, Curridabat, Montes de Oca, San José and Alajuelita, impacting their 402,000 habitants who are now living in cleaner zones.

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