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The City Council increases urban biodiversity and improves environmental quality (16/10/2020)

| Thanks to the Median and Roundabout Improvement Plan | The Department of Urban Development and Modernization of the Administration is carrying out the Plan for the improvement of medians and roundabouts in Murcia, which aims to rehabilitate these spaces to offer better visibility and greater safety to drivers and pedestrians, as well as to beautify the environment urban and improve our environmentThe Department of Urban Development and Modernization of the Administration led by José Guillén, is carrying out the Plan for the Improvement of Medianas and Roundabouts of Murcia, which aims to rehabilitate these spaces to offer greater visibility to drivers and pedestrians, as well as to beautify the urban environment.Within this framework, improvement works have been carried out in the median of the Reino de Murcia.

The actions include the renewal of plant elements with seven new species, adding more than 14,000 plants, carpets, hedge and shrub species and the installation of an intelligent irrigation system.José Guillén explained that "we continue working in our green spaces, always prioritizing the improvement of the environment and road safety, also betting on urban landscape quality and relying on the latest technological advances".Increased efficient use of waterAmong the elements of this median stand out the new bushy plants, covering 10,000 m2.

These native and highly rustic species are better adapted to environmental conditions and require less water consumption, implementing a new intelligent irrigation system.

 There has also been a modernization of the irrigation system that allows to have more than 8 kilometers of pipes and more than 30,000 drippers, as well as various valves and elements to control it, such as programmers that work with an intelligent solar system.In this way, irrigation has been automated to make efficient use of water, measuring the water need in each area.Likewise, the substrate has been enriched with organic matter and the ground coverings that have been lost due to atmospheric phenomena such as rain have been renewed.Increase in urban biodiversity and environmental benefitsThis Improvement Plan also takes into account the biodiversity of the environment, incorporating new elements to protect urban fauna, such as nest boxes, drinkers and insect hotels, in order to protect the most common species from negative stimuli.

such as noise pollution from road traffic or atmospheric conditions, such as rain or low temperatures.The improvement of environmental quality is a reality thanks to these remodeling, since the emission of oxygen into the environment is increased and polluting gases are captured, as well as environmental dust.

Plant elements act as natural regulators of environmental conditions.Sustainable service developmentWith the set of proposed environmental measures, an increase in efficiency in maintenance tasks is achieved by reducing the physical resources allocated to this work (reduction of gas emissions derived from transport, reduction of the use of containers and plastics and reduction of the use of products , among others).Specifically, the following measures are valued: use of ground covers that reduce the need for phytosanitary treatments, use of borders and profiles, renewal of the substrate with which the use of fertilizer products is reduced and a new irrigation system with which it is reduced the time devoted to repairing breakdowns.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Murcia

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