FONPLATA contributes to urban mobility and the mitigation of climate change in Criciúma – Brazil
The Development Bank has approved a funding of more than USD 25 million for the project “Transport and Urban Mobility in Criciúma/SC – II”, State of Santa Catarina, which aims at improving the quality of life of the population and the city’s resilience to the effects of climate change by investing in infrastructure to improve urban mobility and make it more sustainable, as well as to reduce the effects of floods on the population.
The project will be executed by the Municipality of Criciúma and totals about USD 31 million, 80% of which will be fund with resources from FONPLATA – Development Bank, and 20% with local contribution.
The project “Transport and Urban Mobility in Criciúma/SC – II” will improve connectivity among neighborhoods, as well as with state and national highways surrounding the city. It will also reduce flooding in the city, by increasing the capacity of rainwater canals and pipelines, thus reducing travel time and traffic restrictions, and increasing access to the city's services and economic opportunities. On the other hand, the project will develop infrastructure to boost the use of sustainable modes of transportation, as well as preserve ecological areas that are critical to water resources, generating input for environmental awareness.
These works will contribute to reach the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), especially two of them: Sustainable cities and communities (SDG-11), through actions to increase sustainable settlements with universal access to safe, inclusive, accessible and green public areas, and sustainable urban mobility plans to contribute mitigate the effects of climate change; and Climate Action (SDG), by strengthening resilience and the ability to adjust to climate and natural disasters related risks.
Specifically, the project comprises, among other actions, the preparation of the Municipality's Urban Mobility Plan (PMU), the implementation of new arterial roads with geometries suitable for motorized and non-motorized means of transportation, duplication and widening of lanes, pavement rehabilitation, implementation of bike paths, sidewalks, and exclusive lanes for public transportation, as well as micro-drainage, traffic light equipment and installation, lighting, signaling, and installation of traffic engineering equipment. It also includes adaptation to climate change works that involve improvements in the storm drainage system in the Criciúma river basin and the refurbishment of Cechinel Hill ecological park, including a tourist viewpoint towards the mountains and the Atlantic coast, pedestrian paths with information on the surrounding vegetation, and toilets. Investments in rainwater infrastructure and in the refurbishment of Cechinel Hill Park, which are direct actions to mitigate the effects of climate change, will benefit from FONPLATA's Green Credit Line.