Mozambique’s President Filipe Nyusi has officially announced the inauguration of the River Chiveve Urban Park yesterday, the first green infrastructure development of its kind, in the city of Beira. The park will not only mean more quality of life for the population, with several leisure infrastructures for children and adults, but will also help improve the river’s water management, reducing floods which have affected tens of thousands of families in the surrounding area for years.
The finished project is now Africa’s largest urban park, occupying an area of 45,000 m². The rehabilitation of the River Chiveve canal started in 2013.
“This magnificent work of art and urbanism is environmentally friendly. It represents the positive interaction between humans and the environment. Furthermore, it represents the ability of men and women to transform the destructive impacts of severe natural disasters. Ciclone Idai is still fresh in our memories, which in a few hours destroyed the city of Beira. This is a great opportunity of environmental recovery, modernisation and for fortifying the infrastructure of disaster-prone areas”, President Filipe Nyusi said.
The US$ 36M project has been funded by the World Bank, KfW German Development Bank and the State of Mozambique.