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ENVIRONMENT: Urban gardens proposal for Panama City

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Posted 27/09/2020

A proposal o create a municipal program of urban gardens, in Panama city  will be discussed at a council meeting on Monday, September 28 and would be charge of the municipality, through the Directorate of Environmental Management, which will be responsible for its implementation and monitoring, in coordination with the community boards.

It is promoted by the representative of the Don Bosco district, Guillermo Willie Bermúdez, of the Panameñista Party and advocates  the use and exploitation of public spaces in the district to install orchards, as well as alliances between owners of land available for the development of crops

There are also urban gardens in homes and on private property, which would be those that can be developed in residences and spaces for common use under the horizontal property regime. There will be orchards in private property, whose owner authorizes the use of the plot for a specified time.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) maintains that urban agriculture, apart from helping to alleviate hunger in cities, is a key element of strategies to reduce the ecological footprint of cities, recycle urban waste, protect biodiversity, and strengthen resilience to climate change.

The FAO says that this practice is y widespread in countries such as Cuba, Guatemala, Honduras, Bolivia and Mexico.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/environment/environment-urban-gardens-proposal-for-panama-city

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Panama Council gives thumbs down to urban gardens plan

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Posted 29/09/2020

A Panama program for urban gardens, in charge of the mayor's office, in coordination with the community boards was rejected by the Municipal City Council on Tuesday, September 29  although it had the backing of the Environment Committee NGOs, communities, and entities such as the Ministry of Agricultural Development.

The proposal presented by the representative of the Don Bosco district, Guillermo Bermúdez,

Only 7 councilors voted in favor, 10 against, and 2 abstained.

Bermúdez said it was very sad that the other councilors opposed the program to provide food security in the townships. In addition, the project was aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

"It is unfortunate because they do not harm me, if not their own electors and communities," said the representative of the Panameñista Party, who considered that the rejection was due to a political issue since most of the councilors belong to the Democratic Revolutionary Party.

The proposal proposes the use and exploitation of public spaces in the district to install orchards, as well as alliances between owners of land available for the development of crops.

 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/environment/panama-council-gives-thumbs-down-to-urban-gardens-plan

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