The General Director for Natural Areas and Biodiversity, Caterina Amengual; the General Director for Environmental Education, Environmental Quality and Waste, Sebastià Sansó; the Manager of the Balearic Nature Institute (IBANAT), Joan Ramon Villalonga, and Red Eléctrica’s Regional Delegate in the Balearic Islands, Eduardo Maynau, today visited the public common land of Sa Duaia-Es Recó to see the results of the forest recovery works that are encompassed within the Red Eléctrica Forest project.
The visit coincided with one of the environmental education days aimed at first and second year Secondary Education (ESO) students. Throughout this quarter, about 700 students from the region of Llevant will visit the Sa Duaia-Es Recó common land to learn about the project and the importance of forest conservation.
Positive progress the forest restoration works in Artà
The Sa Duaia-Es Recó forest restoration project forms part of the Red Eléctrica Forest environmental programme the Company has been running nationwide since 2009, with the aim of contributing to the conservation of biodiversity-rich natural areas and the recovery of degraded areas in addition to contributing to the fight against climate change.
Thanks to the agreement signed with the Government of the Balearic Islands, the Red Eléctrica Forest initiative has restored 36 hectares of this public common land damaged by a fire in 2013, with the planting of 12,000 native trees, such as Pine, Wild Olive and Oak.
Planting work was completed in the first quarter of 2015 and, since then, the survival rate of the trees planted is 95%. The IBANAT led the reforestation project in Artá that was undertaken by local businesses to promote socioeconomic development and green jobs on the island.
The Red Eléctrica Forest has already recovered more than 650 hectares in nine forested areas. This initiative responds to the commitment undertaken by Red Eléctrica to work with regional governments for sustainable economic and social development, protection and respect for the environment, the promotion of progress, culture and social well-being in the communities where the Company facilities are located.
Educational activities and environmental awareness
The Red Eléctrica Forest also includes an environmental education and awareness programme aimed at disseminating the importance of the conservation of forest areas.
On this occasion, Red Eléctrica has created the ‘Growing Together’ programme in collaboration with secondary education schools of the Llevant region, and as part of the teaching programme of the schools during the first quarter of the school year. Similarly, a public hiking trail called ‘A Walk through the Red Eléctrica Forest’ has been created travellers and hikers, with information boards posted along the route which runs through Sa Duaia-Es Recó common land AND The reforested area.
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