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Funchal has just been selected for the European Green Capital Award 2019, promoted by the European Commission. The municipality is one of the candidates to incorporate the list of 14 finalists. The future environmental practices and initiatives of the applicants for the prize will be reviewed by April 2017.

The European Commission’s award, which aims to honor cities with exemplary, innovative and sustainable environmental practices, will be valid for 2019. Following the deliberation of the jury, 14 cities from Italy, Romania, Belgium, Albania, Finland, Norway, Hungary, Spain, France, Estonia, Poland and Portugal. In addition to Funchal, Lisbon was also chosen to represent the country.

The European Commission will evaluate the future initiatives and practices developed by the finalists by April 2017, in an annual award, but which entails an application three years in advance. Twelve areas will be assessed, namely: mitigation and adaptation of climate change, local transport, green urban areas that incorporate sustainable land use; Nature and biodiversity, environmental quality of the air, waste production and management, water management, wastewater treatment, eco-innovation and sustainable jobs, energy sector performance and integrated environmental management.

For the president of the Madeiran capital, Paulo Cafôfo, “is this another international recognition of good environmental practices that have been followed by the municipality and investments in the area of sustainability?”The mayor also points out that Funchal is one of the few municipalities in the country that will have, by the end of the year, a Municipal Strategy for Adapting to Climate Change. “The city’s efforts in the environmental area continue to have international projection, after the second ECOXII award of the Blue Flag Association of Europe, received last month ??, added Paulo Cafôfo.