Taking a street-smart approach to the urban environment

Published 17 December 2017 in:

In Lima, as in many cities around the world, public transport is often neither environmentally friendly nor practical. Car use is increasing and air quality worsening. But one progressive district in the Peruvian capital is making vigorous efforts to make its streets climate-smart.

San Isidro is one of the most progressive districts in Lima when it comes to promoting a sustainable urban environment. The Swedish Embassy is in the district and co-signed a declaration of intent earlier this year to support local efforts to promote environmentally friendly transport. It was only natural that Ambassador Anna Ferry and Mayor Manuel Velarde celebrated this with a bicycle ride.

As one of 43 districts in Lima, a city of some ten million people, San Isidro wants to lead the way in the use of more sustainable modes of transport and become climate-smart in all aspects of its urban environment.

The aim of the declaration of intent is to kick-start local cooperation on promoting a sustainable urban environment, a circular economy and climate issues. In addition to the Swedish Embassy, some 30 companies, and the Dutch Embassy, have signed the declaration. The plan is to further anchor the initiative locally and get more organisations on board, not least Swedish companies.

To create awareness, San Isidro is providing solar-powered mobile phone charging points and mobile apps for local information on weather conditions, humidity, air quality and carbon dioxide emissions. Progress towards more sustainable urban mobility is made by promoting cycling, with more cycle paths and free cycling courses for both adults and children. The Embassy wants to contribute to this and plans to purchase ‘Embassy bicycles’ to be used for its employees’ transport to and from meetings in the local area.

This case relates to Global Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities.