UNDP makes over US$57,000 available for improvement of Angola’s Santa Maria valley

7 August 2009

Huambo, Angola, 7 Aug – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has made US$57,920 available to restore the Santa Iria valley on the outskirts of Huambo, Angolan news agency Angop reported Thursday.

In statements to the agency, the technician working on the valley’s environmental project, César de Osvaldo Paquissi, said that the UNDP’s decision was part of its sustainable land management project.

He also said that due to the nature of the land (susceptible to erosion), work would include, during the initial phase, the planting of 10,000 trees in order to stop the erosion.

He said that elephant grass would be planted along the sides of the valley which covers 14 hectares, a species commonly used to stop soil erosion and its effects.

The valley’s improvement project, which has been underway for nearly ten days, includes the involvement of people to extract inert materials from the location, as a way of guaranteeing its sustainability. (macauhub)