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Moravia Garden: how a city turns garbage into life

New 16/04/2017
Summary
The project "Moravia flourishes for Life" in Medellín, has already received multiple awards for its environmental and urban innovation. The most recent, the first place of the Orbe InnoVerde Prize of the Chamber of Commerce of Infrastructure of France-Colombia and the economic colombian newspaper Portafolio.
 

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In 2016, the city of Medellín (Colombia) received the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, considered the Nobel of Cities, as the culmination of its admirable transformation. It went from being the most violent city in the world to becoming a benchmark of resilience and urban development centered on people. If anyone wanted to look for a project or work that represents that evolution of the city could find many, but there is no doubt that the Cerro de Moravia could be the greatest archetype.

 

In 2015, Fundación Corresponsables (Spain) recognized “Moravia florece para la Vida” as the top winner of the 6th Stewardship Awards, awarded to the most innovative and sustainable initiatives in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in Latin America. And this week the same project won the first place in the Orbe Innoverde award, an initiative that every year recognizes the work of companies and public institutions in the country against the commitment they have to the environment and climate change.

This award was granted thanks to the high environmental impact of the project that has already intervened 4.4 hectares; has installed 5,168 square meters of phyto and bioremediation plots, which are responsible for recovering the soil; 30 thousand square meters of gardens and plots with planting of vegetal species, construction and maintenance of wastewater treatment plants, accompaniment to two cooperatives of gardening, among other actions.

In addition Morro de Moravia has already used 72 species of plants in its landscaping, has an art and memory corridor and two greenhouses.

No one doubts that Medellín is today a reference to the world as a miracle city. And this project represents the greatest example of how environmental and social degradation can be translated into life and well-being. A true miracle.

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