This 2019, the institutions that make up the Ecosystem Restoration Table gave the green light to PLANTATON 2019 in Suchitoto's Central Plaza, where the new Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Fernando Andrés López Larreynaga, the resident representative of the United Nations Program (UNDP) El Salvador and member of CONASAV's Technical Secretariat, Georgiana Braga - Orillar, attended; executive directors of the Fondo Ambiental de El Salvador (FONAES) and the Fondo de Inversión Ambiental de El Salvador (FIAES), municipal authorities, students and volunteers from the area, who later made a symbolic planting of hundreds of saplings in the canton of El Zapote, community Celina Ramos.
The main objective of the PLANTATON is to promote concrete actions and involve the population in the activities of restoration, rescue of aquifers, resilience to climate change and food security, among other axes of work.
During the activity, the four forms of support for this reforestation program were highlighted: economic donation in any of the bank accounts identified with PLANTATON, donation of sowing inputs such as tools, plants, soil and seeds, maintenance of nurseries participating in PLANTATON and construction of fire breaks and water collection for the restored sites.
The great restoration goal for this year is five million trees planted on more than eight thousand hectares throughout the country.
Both CONASAV and its thematic roundtables are a permanent and voluntary exercise of the plurality of its members: government sector, private enterprise, religious denominations, academia, NGOs, international cooperation, media, among others; from which ideas and suggestions are contributed in a democratic and inclusive dialogue that positively affects our ecosystems.
We therefore welcome the new governmental and ministerial authorities, inviting them to join this civil society effort to conserve national ecosystems and restore areas that have suffered degradation from various causes.
In the Plan El Salvador Sustentable (Sustainable El Salvador Plan), product of the consensus of the diverse sectors within CONASAV, it is an integral and democratic document that defines the axes of action and responsibilities of each sector of society regarding the care and rescue of national biodiversity. We are sure that with the support of the new authorities and the experience of local leaders, we can evolve towards a sustainable El Salvador.
The Plantatón event was joined by the new Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Fernando López. Photo: José Rivera