The Cabildo of Gran Canaria and the company Costa Veneguera Lopesan Group signed an agreement last month to reforest a whopping 497 hectares in Mogán, allowing the island council to double its forecast for restocking for this mandate.
The president of Gran Canaria Cabildo, Antonio Morales, stressed the importance of private involvement in policies aiming at transforming Gran Canaria to a sustainable “eco-island”. Stressing that as a society we pay special attention to the natural environment as the island’s main asset. The area covered by this agreement is the largest ever to covered by such a private effort to reforest.
Lopesan Group last year announced that they had taken over the large finca Venegera so as to produce a range of organic fruits and vegetables for consumption in their hotels, which also fits nicely in line with the food sovereignty plans promoted by the Cabildo.
Several species of tree will be used to repopulate this coastal area of Mogán, in the south-west of Gran Canaria, including pine forest in the higher areas, junipers and wild olives in the lower altitude areas and they will be complemented by smaller numbers of dragon trees and various other seedlings. Given that the surface area for the plan is almost 500 hectares, the number of trees to be planted is expected to be in the order of between 150,000 and 200,000 units.
Improvements and restoration under the agreement will be carried out on the Veneguera farm and Tabaibales, located in the Protected Natural Space, Nublo Park.
Source: Cabildo de Gran Canaria
Editor’s comment – Lopesan Group’s recent announcements have been more than just ground breaking. The addition of their own organic farm produce, last year, and now a plan to reforest nearly 500 hectares in Mogán are to be roundly applauded. Well done, Lopesan, Great Work!