Thinking beyond the coronavirus pandemic hundreds of citizen volunteers , equipped with bio security kits turned out on Saturday, June 27 for National Reforestation Day,
The Ministry of the Environment, environmental organizations, and individual volunteers joined together to plant trees and help the planet.
The Ministry’s National Forest Director Víctor Francisco Cadavid, said that that this year the budget included the purchase of as gel and masks. this emblematic date is celebrated on Saturday 27, reforestation activities throughout the country will last until July 3 , indicating that the responsibility to reforest is a continuous and permanent work on the part of the institution.
Given the situation of restriction of mobility by quarantine in the provinces of Panama and Panama West, volunteers from those provinces will be able to participate in the activity from their homes, planting a tree that offers scenic beauty or sowing a seed.
In the case of apartments where there are no spaces to plant a tree, interested volunteers are invited to participate by planting a forest seed to generate a seedling that they can donate to the nearest Regional Ministry of the Environment and which will later be planted in a site devoid of vegetation.
In the rest of the country's provinces, whose mobility measures have been lifted, only 15 people can participate per point to reforest, who must seek all measures for the prevention of COVID-19 infections, such as the use of masks and keeping distance minimum of 2 meters between the planters.
Nice gesture, although devoid of figures as to how much progress this really is. This is a one week project when the problem requires attention every day of the year. It would be more reassuring if there were enforcement of current environmental law requiring one (or maybe 2) tree planted for every tree cut. In the highland area above David, trees are being cut for new greenhouses, to increase pasture land, and for other commercial development, yet NO WHERE are there plots of newly planted trees or newly developing forests. The climate continues to warm, soils continue to be degraded, air and water are ever more polluted, and diseases are developing due to the crowding of species whose habitat has been destroyed. It is extremely irresponsible to be ignoring our need for our forests now. Feel Good efforts are appreciated, but no replacement for the extensive work the circumstances dictate are needed every day.