The María Aguilar Interurban Biological Corridor (CBIMA) aims to become an international model of urban intervention and recovery, transforming gray infrastructure into green and blue for the benefit of some 450 thousand people who live in the surroundings.
The work will be carried out in a multisectoral, multilevel and inter-municipal manner, under the leadership of the Institute of Housing and Urbanism (INVU), the National University, the National Union of Local Governments and the municipalities of La Unión, Curridabat, Montes de Oca, San José and Alajuelita.
The announcement was made this Wednesday during the installation in Costa Rica of the INTERLACE program of the European Union, in Dulce Nombre de Tres Ríos, with the participation of Erick Solano, INVU executive president; Modesto Alpízar, mayor of Alajuelita; Cristian Torres, mayor of La Unión; and Ana Lucía Ferrero, deputy mayor of Curridabat.
INTERLACE is a European Union program whose objective is to restore nature in cities in Europe and Latin America, using solutions that allow solving some of the challenges related to climate change, health and well-being of people, economic development and the conservation of flora and fauna.
Thanks to the powers that the Urban Planning Law, No. 4240 confers on INVU in urban renewal matters, this institution is part of the local committee selected to participate in INTERLACE, and thus execute a series of projects financed through cooperation international offered by the European Union; specifically, Horizon 2020 Funds. Thus, the project can be managed in this corridor of 3,956.78 hectares, with an urban area of 71%.
For Erick Solano, INVU executive president, the project executes an urban renewal plan that integrates the environmental component in a comprehensive manner, so that the recovery of green spaces in urban areas can be guaranteed, which in turn is it translates into better environmental conditions and quality of life for the inhabitants of the region.
“This project allows us to glimpse the positive effects of a work carried out with the coordinated participation of various actors who have joined forces together with the communities to achieve a change in the management models of public space and the use of natural resources”, Solano expressed.
“As part of a government vision of a decarbonized, digitized and decentralized Costa Rica, I am pleased today with the launch of the INTERLACE program in order to build our objectives of generating sustainable and resilient cities, designed to give quality of life to people and communities” stated First Lady Claudia Dobles.
“We are very proud that our country is part of a unique exchange experience between Latin America and Europe. From the Municipality of La Unión, we thank international cooperation and the INTERLACE project for this great opportunity to strengthen joint work towards the restoration of degraded urban ecosystems to promote sustainable urban development ”. Cristian Torres, mayor of La Unión.
● “This project will allow the canton to grow and analyze the opportunities and needs for intervention related to green spaces, as well as improve the urban approach. I am very pleased that Alajuelita is part of this great projection and growth and to see good practices in sister cities like Krakow and to link experiences that enrich the urban ecosystem. This is definitely a big step for the canton¨. Modesto Alpízar Luna, mayor of Alajuelita.
“Urban areas around the world are facing challenges such as urban sprawl, climate change and pollution. By participating in INTERLACE, CBIMA will demonstrate that restoring green areas and applying nature-based solutions can help address shared challenges, while providing broader benefits for society, the environment and the economy. ” . Sandra
Naumann, coordinadora del proyecto INTERLACE.
INTERLACE. It is a four-year project that seeks to restore nature in cities in Europe and Latin America. Its premise is the creation and restoration of green areas in the CBIMA to contribute to the protection of the environment; and in turn, provide health, economic and social benefits to the inhabitants of the city.
It offers an opportunity for city officials, residents, organizations and businesses to work together in new and creative ways to achieve a better future for all. The urban renewal proposed in the project seeks to transform the gray infrastructure into green and blue; either through green walls and roofs, or through reforestation or rainwater harvesting processes, in order to improve people’s quality of life and the interaction between the city and the environment.
INTERLACE will have the participation of 21 organizations, all of them passionate about helping people and nature.