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Sun, 16 Sep 2018 10:26 - Updated Sun, 16 Sep 2018 10:26

Environment minister rejects concrete for green spaces measures

Luanda - Angolan Environment minister Paula Francisco Coelho last Friday expressed her sadness over the replacement of some green spaces and gardens with concrete pavements, a practice that has been intensifying especially in the country's capital.

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Environment minister, Paula Francisco Coelho

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Participants in the green spaces seminar received a diploma from the Environment minister (right)

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On a press interview, at the end of the seminar on "Valuing green spaces in urban environments", held in the Luanda Satellite city of Kilamba, for two days, the official condemned the move, noting that her department is already working to reverse this situation.

"I look at this reality in a very negative way. But we have been making contacts with the provincial governments and municipal administrations to create a different awareness of what integrated management is, from the point of view of environmental sustainability”, she said.

To her these same spaces will be recovered through joint actions that will also involve the recently created National Institute of Environmental Management, in accordance with a previously identified dialogue mechanism.

In this sense, Paula Francisco Coelho said that this first seminar was aimed at essentially identifying, in a more specific way, the types of legislation to help tackle the issue of green spaces, in conjunction with the Land Law, Spatial Planning and the construction sector.

The minister also stressed that one of the premises of the sector that she leads is environmental education, in its various aspects, whether informal or formal, as well as the commitment to training and upgrading involving practice.

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