May 16, 2022 3:23 pm

Huelva promotes the elaboration of the Municipal Plan of the Municipal Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change


The Mayor of Huelva, Gabriel Cruz, accompanied by the Deputy Mayor for Urban Planning, Environment and Ecological Transition, Manuel Gómez Márquez, and Professor of Ecology Enrique Figueroa, presented this Friday the embryonic phase of the Municipal Plan for Adaptation to Climate Change of the City of Huelva.

With this plan, as reported by the Consistory through a press release, and the calculation of the carbon footprint, “which is already being worked on” and the Green Infrastructure Plan, “whose wording was approved in plenary last October”, Huelva is at “the head of Andalusia as the first city to have three converging key tools for the ecological transition”.

In this sense, the first mayor has remarked that “today is a very important day to forge Huelva 2030, tracing the path of definitive change towards a more sustainable and healthy way of life, a world that takes care of people and the planet” .

In this regard, he pointed out that “the City Council is making a strong commitment to making Huelva a benchmark in the ecological and energy transition and positioning itself as a pioneering city in the global challenge of promoting this change.”

Thus, as the mayor underlined, “cities play a key role in reducing greenhouse gases with urban policies, mobility, infrastructure and municipal services, etc.”, so “local governments must make a responsible planning exercise.

Likewise, Cruz recalled that “the council is promoting a process of transformation of the city that is committed to sustainable mobility, with pedestrian zones, ecological buses, encouraging electric mobility, eco-efficient lighting, an increase in the number of trees and green spaces, sustainable use of resources, improvement in waste management”.

“We have taken a step forward in the field of energy transition by committing ourselves with Iberdrola to the City Council being an institutional partner to lead the green hydrogen cluster and we have collaborated with the TSO Group in the implementation of the first Urban Solar Plant in the city” , Cruz has underlined.

Within this framework, the councilor highlighted the “decisive step” in this ecological transition that “the council will promote with the first Municipal Plan against Climate Change”, one of the mayor’s “commitments” for this legislature, providing the city with a strategic planning instrument to systematize, coordinate, optimize and expand municipal policies in this area.

This document, the consistory has detailed, will see the green light next summer and that “it will converge with the revision of the PGOU, the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan and will be oriented to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations , translating into our actions as a pilot city of the Urban Agenda”.

A job that is already being tackled by an expert from the “prestigious” Professor of Ecology at the head of the Sustainability Office and the Research Foundation of the University of Seville, Enrique Figueroa, to whom the Huelva City Council has awarded the preparation of this action plan, which will see the light of day next summer.

In this regard, Cruz has highlighted the trajectory of Figueroa -to whom his hometown awarded the Huelva Medal in 2017- of more than 40 years working to create more balanced cities, “conceptualized as places of coexistence that respond to take care of our planet.

For his part, the Professor of Ecology explained that “meetings are currently being held with the municipal areas that, due to their competences, are most connected with the mission of the plan–Urbanism, Mobility, Infrastructures and Urban Habitat, Economic Development and Strategic Planning, Social Policies and Equality–“.

The objective, in the first instance, according to the professor, “is to prepare a preliminary action proposal in which the 17 SDGs are reflected, through executable actions and measures. “And that first proposal will allow us to open a process of communication and citizen participation, which is of vital importance to this strategic plan”, Figueroa stated.

On the other hand, Figueroa stressed that “in Huelva you don’t start from scratch, because the City Council has been taking the initiative for a long time, working in the face of the climate emergency, showing its concern for preparing the city for the rigors to come, anticipating scenarios and anticipate the risks. There are many measures already underway, which will be reinforced and expanded with other actions that we will program in the short, medium and long term”.

Likewise, its machinery is being prepared to face the scenario of the coming years with a plan “that will have people and neighborhoods as its center”.

“We want to convert Huelva’s neighborhoods into ‘eco-neighbourhoods’ and we will carry out a pilot project to generate a network of coexistence spaces with high environmental and social quality, with the purpose of bringing healthy spaces closer to citizens in each district for coexistence and socialization” , has added.

In this sense, Figueroa has emphasized “the importance of green infrastructure for mitigation and adaptation to Climate Change, since vegetation is essential to clean the atmosphere and green and comfortable living spaces are essential to improve the lives of persons”.

In short, as he concluded, it is intended that “Huelva be an example of how to deal with this reality.” To this end, the plan being drawn up, with a timeline of actions and 14 strategic lines, will promote energy efficiency policies and the development of renewable energies, bioclimatic architecture and sustainable urban planning, with the aim of promoting from the City Council actions that contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the city and to constitute a framework of action for the coming years.

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