Some 200 inhabitants of the canton of La Joya, municipality of Meanguera, in Morazán, benefited from the project entitled "Restoration of gallery forest and primary forest in water recharge zones through the enrichment and reforestation of 40 hectares in the upper basin of the rivers Araute, Sapo and La Joya", executed by the Segundo Montes Foundation with financing from the Environmental Investment Fund of El Salvador.
Jorge Trejo, territorial coordinator of FIAES in the Nahuaterique conservation area, participated in the closing of the project phase, where he said that the success of the actions developed are the product of the good performance of the WSF, which leaves open the possibility to continue executing other projects. The restoration of watersheds is not because we like it, but the fact of having a watershed restored will give us more water. The water does not come out because the jet produces it, the water infiltrated in the basins, in the forests and where there is space in the upper parts to infiltrate and reach the jets,'' Trejo explained.
RESTORATION OF RIVER BASINS
In hillside areas, works have been carried out to facilitate the infiltration of water to improve the storage capacity of the area's aquifers.
Among the activities carried out are the development of technical training plans with 50 beneficiaries and the training of extension producers, the establishment of 50 agroforestry and fruit farm plans, a nursery for the production of 12,000 forest plants, native fruits and fodder; fencing of forested areas and water sources, as well as the reforestation of 40 hectares to contribute to soil and water conservation works.
As Fundación Segundo Montes we want to thank the community of La Joya, Caseríos El Potrero and San Romero for their collaboration, we have executed a project that has been financed by the Environmental Investment Fund of El Salvador for an amount of 76,000 dollars, likewise in this project we have executed nine products or nine activities that have been of great help to the community,'' said Joel Saenz, executive director of FSM.
This project was implemented within the framework of the watershed restoration program promoted by FIAES in the 8 intervention territories. The forest cover restoration activities in this tributary of northern Morazán are in addition to the actions implemented in similar projects in the Cerrón Grande wetland complex and the Apaneca-Ilamatepec biosphere reserve.