The Board of Trustees of the Garajonay National Park gave the green light to the Annual Investment Plan foreseen for 2017, which contemplates the execution of several projects with a total amount of 2.1 million euros. In the regular session, the implementation of three projects included in the plan was addressed, aimed at the ecological restoration of degraded areas, the impetus of the project LIFE Garajonay Vive and the prevention and extinguishing of wildfires.
On this, the chairman of the Board, Casimiro Curbelo, stressed the environmental interest of these investments, which seek to promote the conservation of the natural values and wealth of Garajonay. “Although the wildfire was in 2012, we must continue to bet on a gradual recovery that must be continued every year. We are aware that this space is a tourist reference, but also the main source of maintenance for our aquifers”, he said.
we will take a step to reach the recovery of a World Heritage Site
Moreover, he emphasized the proposal of inclusion of several projects that affect the National Park within the Canary Islands Development Fund. Thus, Curbelo explained that the actions will be aimed at such diverse subjects as the expansion of the insular network of viewpoints and car parks, the upgrading of the road from La Laguna Grande to Juego de Bolas, the restoration of areas affected by the wildfire of 2012 or the purchase of a new fire engine.
On the other hand, he also advanced the work of the Social Plan for the Prevention of Forest Fires with the aim of opening up citizen cooperation and awareness for the prevention of wildfires. “Not only must we extinguish fires, but we must prevent them. The involvement of the society is a reality that is advisable for all of us to promote”, he added before specifying that this project proposes to achieve a participatory process linked to planning and collaboration in forest fire prevention.
“The efforts we make are few, although with the collaboration of all the involved administrations we will take a step to reach the recovery of a World Heritage Site”, he reaffirmed.