More parks for poor neigh­bor­hoods

The Kurdish Globe - - NATIONAL -

Di­rec­tor of Er­bil Parks Eng. Nazar Omar states in an in­ter­view with the Kur­dish Globe that his of­fice is plan­ning to pay more at­ten­tion to the poor neigh­bor­hoods by build­ing more parks and in­creas­ing green area in those neigh­bor­hoods.

“We are build­ing a park in the New Ba­har Quar­ter this year,” stated Eng. Omar who re­futed claims that poor neigh­bor­hoods are over­looked and there is dis­crim­i­na­tion be­tween the poor and the rich neigh­bor­hoods. “Last year high­est num­ber of trees was planted in Badawa Quar­ter, one of the poor­est neigh­bor­hoods in Er­bil.”

This government of­fi­cial also added that in ad­di­tion to the New Ba­har Park, they are go­ing to build more parks in those poor neigh­bor­hoods that do no have parks yet.

Omar told the Globe that they can only build 20 to 25 parks per year in ad­di­tion to con­tin­u­ous ren­o­va­tions of ex­ist­ing parks and plnat­ing trees and grass on the streets.

“We have an idea to build large parks in some ar­eas that can con­nect more than one neigh­bor­hood, which can use the park.”

In ad­di­tion to build­ing a num­ber of parks, the Di­rec­torate of Er­bil Parks has planted trees in 40 ex­ist­ing parks through­out Er­bil.

“How­ever, Er­bil still needs one thou­sand more parks,” ar­gued Eng. Omar.

Although the per­cent­age of the green area in Er­bil is still way be­low the in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, statis­tics show that this per­cent­age was only 1% be­fore the es­tab­lish­ment of the Di­rec­torate of Parks, which has suc­ceeded to raise this to its cur­rent value of 8%.

“We have not taken into ac­count the green­ery and grass in­side the res­i­den­tial houses, and only trees have been in­cluded in th­ese cal­cu­la­tions,” Omar told the Globe. “If the green­belt is built around Er­bil, the per­cent­age of green area in the city will ex­ceed its in­ter­na­tional stan­dard.” A min­i­mum of 30% of green­ery in ur­ban places is re­quired as per in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

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