Communities and Guatemalan Sugar Mills unite to plant more than 10,000 treesadminwp
Communities and Guatemalan Sugar Mills
unite to plant more than 10,000 trees
Women, youth and community leaders from 145 communities of the departments of Escuintla, Retalhuleu, Suchitepéquez, Jutiapa, Santa Rosa, joined the sugar mills to plant 10,354 trees as part of the “adopt a tree” initiative, which will take place during June and July of this year.
The project, coordinated by the Sugar Foundation –Fundazúcar- which is the social arm of the Sugar Mills and with the technical support of the National Forest Institute –INAB- and the Private Institute for Climate Change Research –ICC-, promotes that communities plant trees and at the same time protect and ensure the care of those trees and the environment.
This initiative is part of the commitment of the Guatemalan Sugar Industry with the care of the environment and is part of its 2019 Reforestation Plan.
The more than 10,000 trees come from nurseries of the Private Institute for Climate Change Research -ICC-, as part of the forest conservation program that it has been developing since 2011 with the Guatemalan Sugar Association. The ICC is an environmental advisor to the sugar mills.
The Trees will be planted in river basins, schools, communal areas, health centers and green areas of the towns.
The municipalities where planting will be carried out are: Champerico, Chiquimulilla, Cuyotenango, Escuintla, Guanagazapa, Guazacapán, Iztapa, La Democracia, La Gomera, Masagua, Mazatenango, Moyuta, Nueva Concepción, Pasaco, Retalhuleu, San Andrés Villa Seca, San Antonio Suchitepéquez, San José, San Lorenzo, Santa Lucia Cotzumalguapa, Santo Domingo Suchitepéquez, Siquinalá, Taxisco and Tiquisate. All of them jurisdiction of Escuintla, Retalhuleu, Suchitepéquez, Jutiapa and Santa Rosa.
The initiative is part of the Plan of Reforestation of the Guatemalan Sugar Industry 2019 implemented by the sugar mills and that contemplates the planting of more than 930 thousand trees that will be planted between May and August in 12 departments in approximately 400 hectares of land. The reforestations of the mills started in 2011 and by the end of this year the Guatemalan Sugar Industry will have planted 5.3 million trees.