01 July 2010
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The counselor of the Medio Ambiente, José Juan Diaz Trillo, and the director general of Aguas Font Vella and Lanjarón, Jordi Miró, on Wednesday visited the area of the Sierra Nevada Natural Park affected by fire in 2005 and ratified their commitment to continue to work on forest restoration through the project ‘Monte Siglo XXI’.
The visit to the area, located at ‘Peña Caballero-Ventura’ on the hillsides above the town, has allowed Trillo and Miro to get to see at first hand the reforestation efforts that have been made in recent years and the various species planted.
Through its corporate responsibility project ‘Compromiso con los Parques’, Lanjarón undertook in 2009 to carry out reforestation activities over an area of 100 hectares for three years - until 2011. Initially 100,000 trees of species such as oak, oak, maple, cherry, willow, hawthorn have been planted.
Recently, this has been expanded with commitment to more trees by signing a new agreement with the Ministry of Environment, which will allow by the end of 2011 105 hectares of afforestation in the municipality of Lanjarón.
‘Monte Siglo XXI’ is a project of long-term restoration in addition to emergency work performed by the Ministry of Environment in the areas affected by fire in 2005. The aim is to ensure adequate forest cover in the area in which environmental regeneration has been inadequate and the Board has granted a budget of five million euros to this initiative, so as to enhance biodiversity and landscape as well as contribute to sustainable development of rural communities in the Sierra Nevada environment.