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Jacinto Sampaio Joao is a local resident of Luanda and works for the national press center of Angola which is close to the coastal avenue in the northern part of the capital city. From time to time, he joined his friends to dine out at restaurants at the Illiyad peninsular at the end of the avenue, sipping coffee or fresh beer to enjoy his leisure time or watching the sunset on the Atlantic ocean.

afforestation contractThe peninsular, 10 kilometers long and 500 meters wide in average, is unique in shape and thrusted into the Atlantic ocean like a bending sword, forming a bay at its eastern side or the best place to watch the nightscape of Luanda. On the other side, its the best place to observe the sunset on the ocean.

In recent days, Sampario often murmured to his friends: the coastal avenue, particularly the Illiyad peninsular, no longer looked familiar. Seemingly overnight, the peninsular took a new look and was turning green. Palm and coconut trees were planted on the road sides and grass blanketed the pavements.

“What a far-cry from years ago, there were little trees or grass at that time”, Sampario said.
Unlike the other crowded parts of the city, the peninsular is quiet and a resort for local people in Luanda. Rich or poor, local residents flocked to the peninsular, walking, jogging, swimming or picnicking. With more trees and grass, the peninsular looked more like a paradise to flee from the standing-room-only downtown Luanda.
The forestation campaign in Luanda began in earnest only in recent months with the city government spending over 500 million dollars to rehabilitate the coastal avenue and plant more trees and grass in the area.

Luanda was originally designed to accommodate 350,000 people but now its home for 7.6 million, most of whom were refugees fleeing into the capital before decades of wars ended in 2002 and later settled down, making it one of the most crowded capitals in the world.

Anyway, the Illiyad peninsular was not crowded and apparently greener than before, more restaurants, hotels, bars were opened there. For most people, it was a dream-land in Luanda. Enditem


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