"The moment is now. We have to choose the role we will play in history and build the future we deserve: a sustainable future. Together we are going to take care of the legacy of the children of Monterrey. Through the urban parks system and sustainable corridors plan, we are going to take practical steps toward addressing the climate crisis."
— Luis Donoldo Colosio, Mayor of Monterrey
Monterrey plans to move decisively towards carbon neutrality by 2050 via adopting strategic projects to address the climate emergency. One such project is the Monterrey Urban Park System and Sustainable Corridors, which aims to deliver solutions to problems concerning green areas, air quality, public space and urban mobility.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends a minimum of 9 square miles of green area per inhabitant. The city of Monterrey, according to a study conducted in 2012, has only 6.2 square miles per inhabitant, which is well below the international standard and that of other cities, with implications on public health outcomes for the general population.
In order to mitigate the climate crisis, the city plans to build a system of parks, rivers, and green corridors that will enable the recovery of essential natural areas of the city, while also promoting a progressive model for the management of green areas.
The park system will be centered around the following values: social participation and construction of citizenship, universal accessibility, environmental sustainability, an inclusive approach towards gender, urban resilience, human security and social cohesion, and inclusive social mobility.
The Monterrey Urban Park System and Sustainable Corridors plan seeks to attain the following objectives:
- Urban mobility that relies on public transport, pedestrian mobility and urban compactness through transport-oriented densification strategies (TOD).
- Non-motorized and non-polluting means of mass transport, giving an option to the sustainable inter modality of the city.
- Lower levels of polluting gases associated with individual motorized transport.
- Better air quality.
- Mitigation of urban heat islands.
- Improvement in health by reducing the stress levels caused by traffic and subsequent pollution, creating better conditions of habitability and mobility, and optimizing the quality of life.
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