The City Council of Cartagena has submitted for financing with European funds a project valued at 3.5 million euros to environmentally restore the Rambla de Canteras as a biological corridor and to prevent flooding by expanding its passage under the roads of Canteras and Los Patojos and the installation of SUDs around the channel. The proposal aims at the environmental restoration of 6.5 km of the Canteras wadi, and its tributaries Ramblas de los Díaz and Rio Seco. These watercourses connect with the Protected Natural Area of La Muela, Cabo Tiñoso and Roldán and function as biological corridors “We are proposing a project with two objectives for European funds. The first is to end the overflows on the Canteras and San José Obrero roads by increasing the passage of the wadi under these roads. ”
Arroyo has assured that “it is a project that benefits everyone and especially Nueva Cartagena, El Rosalar, La Vaguada and Canteras, which we want to join with pedestrian paths taking advantage of rural roads and the easement area of the wadi.” The project also proposes to adapt the path in the easement area that will connect with rural roads and link the developments of New Cartagena, El Rosalar, La Vaguada, Mayor of Cartagena and Canteras deputation promoting sustainable mobility. The mayor explained that this is the second major environmental project that is presented for the west of the municipality of Cartagena, after the Roman Forest, a project that proposes the creation of a large green corridor through the renaturalization of plots that would occupy about 15 hectares and totaling more than two linear kilometers between San José Obrero and Canteras, through La Vaguada and Loma de Canteras. The project, in which Arba and CETENMA also participate, has also been submitted for subsidies from the Biodiversity Foundation within the framework of the European projects of the Recovery and Resilience Plan.
The project has two qualities that make it unique, the first is the integration of Roman quarries, spaces of great archaeological value that are part of the project. The presence of these remains has led to name the project ‘Roman Forest’.