Adeje’s Central Park – a productive model

The regional department for ecological transition and the fight against climate change, and the Adeje council held a seminar on productive forestry

22 october 2021
Adeje’s Central Park was the setting today, Friday October 22nd, for a seminar on productive forests in the Canary Islands.  Attending were a number of experts in sustainable development, the environment and care for our surrounds. Also present were the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga,  and representatives of the regional department for ecological transition and the fight against climate change and territorial planning.
During the event, which was also taking place under the prism of the International Day Against Climate Change, the participants underlined the importance of taking actions to benefit the planet, including the lessons we are learning in using different forms of energy, solutions based on nature, local actions, climate finance and other relevant actions. 
José Antonio Valbuena , the regional minister for ecological transition and the fight against climate change, stressed the excellent work already done in Adeje in the evolution of the productive park, with financial assistance from his department, and said that the aim would be to use this example in other parts of the archipelago over the coming months and years. 
The Adeje mayor said that the creation of this park had been part of “our commitment to the local environment, we are all changing our attitudes, with increased emphasis on the need to care for our surrounds, where Adeje and the tourist destination Costa Adeje, works to look for improved ways of caring for and defending our environs.”
The mayor further underlined that the project “has a didactic element too, and we are linking our tourism sector and our agriculture sector, looking at the positive possibilities such synergy can advance,  for those working in the sectors and the environment.”
Main features
A productive park is a space where a multi-diverse ecosystem can develop, designed to mirror a natural forest combining different vegetation, co-thriving in the space available.  Planting of seeds is planned to benefit the park and other species, thus obtaining diverse products and foods. 
Central Park in Adeje covers 30,000 metres, and is also a botanical garden and an open-air classroom where different aspects of agro-forestation can be learnt. The project will see the inclusion of 25,000 different species of plant life (trees, fruit, plants, herbs, medicinal plants, etc.). Already the park has produced and contributed fresh produce to the Adeje food bank. The park also has a 290m2 lake with a variety of fish and amphibian species in place as well as aquatic plant life.