Pharaon “Citizeen” app to preserve nature and promote physical and mental well-being

Between October 26th and November 15th, the Innovation Department of Cáritas Diocesana de Coimbra (CDC), MARE – Center for Marine and Environmental Sciences – Campus at the University of Coimbra (UC-MARE), and Our Watch Leads (OWL) tested the “Citizeen” application in the Choupal national forest in Coimbra. 5 older adults, 5 formal caregivers from the CDC’s Rainha Santa Isabel Day Center, and 4 volunteers participated in the excursion.

The application is developed by OWL, with CDC and UC-MARE, within the scope of the Pharaon project. It allows citizens to register natural areas (green and blue areas) within cities with the respective characteristics, access , potential users, as well as its biodiversity, including photographs of the spaces and other information. In addition, the application allows citizens to report the necessary measures to ensure that the infrastructure, signage or equipment in their communities is suitable for different populations, especially for older adults.

This initiative is part of a set of actions that aim to promote commitment to the preservation of nature within cities, as well as the mental and physical activity of older people.