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The totem “No Coração a Cidade”, in Jardim Mário Soares, marks the 10th anniversary of the Lisbon Neighborhoods and Priority Intervention Areas program (BIP / ZIP). Through a QR Code inscribed on the work, it will be possible to know the projects, and the BIP ZIP territories.
The installation of the urban art piece, in the Campo Grande garden, located in the geodesic center of the city, is the first moment of a circuit of 10 “BIP ZIP Footprints” that will mark the program of the celebrations. On this day, Paula Marques, councilor for Housing and Local Development, visited two projects – Ao Tarujo eu vou! and Casa Comunitária da Mouraria, examples of this municipal program that has helped to change lives and solve problems of local communities.
BIP/ZIP energy has already touched more than a third of the population of Lisbon, in projects aimed at the specific needs of neighborhoods and priority intervention areas, in areas such as employability, training/study support, support for the most vulnerable, equality and citizenship, environmental sustainability and, more recently, combating the pandemic and its social consequences.
There are already almost four hundred projects developed in 67 territories that, over the course of this decade, have built a network of local partnerships, with more than 1,400 entities, which have embodied more than 2,500 activities.
The BIP/ZIP Local Partnership Program is part of the municipality’s local development strategy, providing financial support for the launch of important projects and ideas for the population, jointly developed by local entities, many of which are already in the sustainability phase.
For this ignition of projects, the Lisbon City Council invested more than 14 million euros, to which the partnerships themselves added another 5 million.