By Camila O'Reilly • 12 December 2019 • 17:20
INNOVATING: The park protects its surroundings from flooding
PARQUE La Marjal in Alicante has been recognised as a sustainable space at the COP 25 Climate Summit in Madrid. Multinational company Suez, used La Marjal to exemplify a pioneering and sustainable infrastructure.
The park was built by Suez-owned company, Aguas de Alicante, and is capable of collecting up to 45 million litres of rainwater in case of flooding. In August, the park stored 22,000 cubic metres of water, almost half of its maximum capacity.
It’s no coincidence that La Marjal shares its name with the ‘marjales’, typical wetlands found in the Mediterranean region. Wetlands not only cushion the effects of floods, but are also a refuge for vegetation and bird species.
Designed to be resilient and hold big amounts of water, the park was selected at the Climate Summit as one of the 101 Spanish business examples for the #PorElClima (ForTheClimate) movement. It is considered to be a model of efficiency in the fight against climate change in cities.
The Suez group considers the park to be a green infrastructure that fulfils a triple function: an area of temporary accumulation of rainwater, a municipal park for citizens and a green lung for the city that favours biodiversity.
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