THE Junta de Andalucia has assigned €480,000 to improve the urban environment in eight towns in Almeria. The towns which will benefit are Carboneras, Huercal de Almeria, Huercal- Overa, La Mojonera, Laujar de Andarax, Ohanes, Pulpi and Vicar.
The Environmental Council will invest this amount throughout this year in towns which are part of the ‘Ciudad 21’ Urban Sustainability Programme to introduce measures approved by the Junta regarding greenhouse gas emissions. With these recently approved grants, the 21 towns in Almeria province which are part of the programme have received funds amounting to €4.1m since 2002.
This programme is part of the Andalucian Sustainable Development Strategy and the Andalucian Action for the Climate Plan, which was put in place to fight the effects of climate change throughout Andalucia. The aim is to raise awareness amongst residents in the region about the importance of changing their habits to help minimize the effects of climate change.
The Junta de Andalucia funds projects involving urban refuse management, energy saving and efficiency and the use of renewable energies, as well as initiatives which aim to improve the urban landscape by creating and maintaining green areas and using public transport.
The projects which will be funded in Almeria are the purchase of electric vehicles, the regeneration of green areas and the creation of a ‘punto limpio’ where citizens can leave rubbish to be recycled.
With 21 towns involved in the ‘Ciudad 21’ project, almost 80 per cent of the population in the province is represented.