Seville, a laboratory for climate adaptation, after Life Watercool works
Seville, Sep 2 (EFE) – The Seville Red Cross Avenue in Seville has opened Friday to pedestrian traffic once they have completed the phases of the works for the renovation of supply and sanitation networks and paving, included in the LIFE Watercool project for adaptation to climate change of the European Union and that makes this area of the capital of Seville in an urban “laboratory” against climate change.
The work will continue on this road until the end of the year, during which time sections will be released and opened to vehicular traffic and pedestrian traffic in a progressive and compatible with the progress of the works being executed, as has been revealed during the visit to the works of the mayor of Seville, Antonio Muñoz (PSOE).
The transformation of Avenida de la Cruz Roja in the framework of the Life Watercool project, which has led the water company Emasesa and in which Alten, EFEverde of the EFE Agency, the University of Seville and the City Council have participated, has had a budget of 7.2 million euros and European funding through the EU LIFE program.
The LIFE Watercool project aims to develop and test innovative solutions for climate adaptation to cope with high temperatures, both outdoors and indoors, with the use of temporary water runoff in drought situations, in an urban environment subject to climate change.
The implementation and execution of the project has been developed in the Macarena neighborhood, specifically in the Avenida de la Cruz Roja and the confluence with the streets Doctor Jiménez Díaz and Manuel Villalobos and in the Manuel Garrido park.
This project aims to “pedestrianize, gain space for merchants and neighbors, in a more peaceful environment from the point of view of the absence of traffic,” explained the mayor of Seville, Antonio Muñoz, on a visit to see the progress of the works.
Beyond the redevelopment of the surface, the budget has gone to the complete renovation of all the supply and sanitation networks that were deteriorated and that generated problems of leaks and service provision.
Pedestrianization of the Red Cross Avenue
The Avenida de la Cruz Roja in Seville has been opened today to pedestrian traffic once the phases of the works corresponding to the renovation of the supply and sanitation networks and paving, included in the LIFE Watercool project for adaptation to climate change, have been completed. EFE/ Raúl CaroMuñoz explained that “everything that is the layout and the service of Tussam (Seville transport service) we will analyze so that this pedestrianization does not involve isolation of the street,” as some neighbors have shown their concern about this issue.
The director of mobility of the City of Seville, José Santiago Lorenzo, explained that “if during the final implementation of all the rearrangement of both private and public traffic new needs arise that were not detected, Tussam will act by rearranging the needs”.
The mayor has referred to the neighbors who “have suffered for a year the consequences of a work” and added that they will make “a specific campaign so that the Sevillians from other areas of the city can come here to enjoy the hospitality and stores in this area”.
In this avenue, 140 new trees have been planted, in addition to the 80 that were preserved with the aim of giving this space “more shade and vegetation area,” said Muñoz.
On the visit, Muñoz was accompanied by the president of the Municipal Board of the Macarena District and deputy mayor delegate of Human Resources and Digital Modernization Seville City Council, Clara Macias Morilla, and the CEO of the water supply and sanitation company of Seville Emasesa, Jaime Palop, and the transport company of Seville. EFE
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About LIFE18 CCA/ES/001122
Life Invasaqua is co-financed by the EU under the Life initiative and coordinated by Emasesa. This European project aims to: develop and test innovative solutions to cope with high temperatures, both outdoors and indoors, and with temporary water runoff and drought situations in an urban environment subject to climate change.