Families in Meta received 12,000 trees to restore fire affected area

  •  ALLCOT will provide technical expertise in the planting process and the community will prepare the site and maintain the planted trees.
  • The Ministry of the Environment has been delivering 1,400,000 native trees to different communities to restore degraded areas throughout the country.

Bogotá, Colombia, May 18th, 2022.

Thirteen partner families of the REDD+ Conservation project, led by ALLCOT Group, received 12,000 trees of native species to restore forests and morichales, in the Laguna de Lomalinda Regional Natural Park, located in the Chinata village, municipality of Puerto Lleras (Meta).

This event took place within the framework of the program Un Árbol Para Mi País, through which the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development has been delivering 1,400,000 native trees to different communities to restore degraded areas throughout Colombia.

Likewise, the delivery was made thanks to the community’s interest in restoring the areas affected by a forest fire that occurred in the Lomalinda lagoon sector, where about 30 hectares of natural forest were lost, including tropical rainforest and morichal.

ALLCOT will provide technical expertise in the planting process and the community will prepare the site and maintain the planting. These initiatives demonstrate how private enterprise, the community and the national government can work together to care for and restore ecosystems.

“I am very grateful for these trees, because after the tragedy that occurred, together with the community we are going to plant trees again and give life to this place and oxygen to the world,” said Alonso Suárez, a resident of the Chinata neighborhood.

The tree species delivered are cassia fistula, algarrobo, cajeto, arrayán blanco, guayacán rosado, yopo, bucaro and igua, which will capture carbon, maintain water supply in quantity and quality, and help control erosion in the affected areas.

Carlos Eduardo Correa, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, stated: “This initiative contributes to the National Government’s goal of planting 180 million trees, of which almost 124 million have already been planted, with the support of public, private, non-governmental and independent organizations, and through ongoing projects co-financed by the National Government. This goal is implemented through the Respira 2030 program, whose main pillars are to educate, conserve, restore and not deforest. We are grateful for the great effort that private enterprise is making in this regard, undoubtedly an ally of enormous value in our path towards the restoration and conservation of biodiversity, which belongs to all Colombians and is a source of pride abroad”.

Communication ALLCOT