THE presentation of diplomas to participants in a green space management training project brought to a close a series of environment-related courses for the unemployed in Huercal-Overa and Puerto Lumbreras.
The 12 courses ran from April to November, subjects ranging from advanced organic agriculture to the use of drones in the farming sector. Of the 190 students who took part in the initiatives, more than 20 have now got jobs.
Huercal-Overa Mayor Francisca Lourdes Fernandez and Puerto Lumbreras Mayor Maria Ángeles Tunez did the honours of presenting the Eco-Green students with their recognitions.
Their course covered work on parks, gardens and rural areas used for agricultural and for tourism, the aim to improve participants’ skills and improve their employment opportunities in environment-related sectors.
The project was 80 per cent financed by a subsidy from the Biodiversity Foundation, which comes under the Ecological Transition Ministry, via the European Social Fund. The remaining 20 per cent was co-financed by Puerto Lumberas and Huercal-Overa councils.
The overall objective of all the projects was to take advantage of the growth in employment opportunities in activities related to the environment and biodiversity, while at the same time helping to promote sustainability in economic activities in all sectors and the integration of biodiversity in business management.