Article on Jornal de Angola, 01.11.2022
by Manuela Mateus

A project aimed at increasing environmental awareness and organizing society to promote the urban environment, through the policy of reducing, reusing and recycling materials and energy, was presented yesterday in the Urban District of Zango, province of Luanda, by Non-Governmental Organization Development Aid from People to People (ADPP), in partnership with the Provincial Government of Luanda.

The project, called "Viana Verde," (Green Viana) aims to improve the management of natural resources, as well as to mobilize women and young people in the urban districts of Zango and Estalagem to participate in environmental actions, urban embellishment, planting trees and stimulating environmental education and entrepreneurship, through the recycling of paper, plastic, glass and metal.

The chairperson of the Board of Directors of ADPP Angola, Rikke Viholm, said that the project will be implemented over three years with funding from the European Union, which provided 375,000 euros, and from ADPP and partners, who contributed 103,000 euros.

Rikke Viholm said that the project aims to contribute to a better management of natural resources, through the reduction, reuse and recycling of materials and energy, as well as to improve the socioeconomic conditions of women and young people in the Urban District of Zango. The project also aims to increase the involvement of young people in voluntary work, as well as the creation of environmental brigades in communities and leisure spaces for children and adolescents.

The representative of the European Union (AU) in Angola, Áurea Teixeira, said that the aid was granted in relation to strengthening the intervention of civil society organizations and local authorities, to contribute to good governance and management of natural resources.

According to the Provincial Director of the Environment, Vânia Vaz, the municipality of Viana has a rich biological diversity. She added that preserving the ecosystem is essential for the sustainable development of the municipality, and everyone should participate.

"We need to talk about reforms, so that we can reduce the felling of trees and destruction of flora, promoting the creation of school gardens, with feasible plans, which allow, in a short period of time, to restore green spaces in the municipality of Viana," she said.

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