“Until March 2023, we will be on the ground helping the
landowners in this region, by planting over 75,000 indigenous trees,” said João
Dias Coelho, president of the Group for Spatial Planning and Environment
Studies (GEOTA), which coordinates the project Renature Monchique.
The leader of the non-governmental organisation, who was
speaking at a press conference held in Faro, revealed that, in the fourth year
of action of the reforestation project, cork oaks, chestnut trees, strawberry
trees, cerquinhos oaks, ash and alders will be replanted.
“There will also be a reinforcement and a major investment
in the planting of the Monchique oak, a tree emblematic in the region and critically
endangered”, he added.
“The results are very positive. As we know, what burned in
the Serra de Monchique is brutal, we are talking about 28 thousand hectares”,
underlined João Dias Coelho, praising the “unprecedented work of environmental
restoration and protection of natural ecosystems” already carried out.
The “important” action of GEOTA, he continued, has been
through “direct contact with farmers and landowners”, to make them understand
“the danger of focusing on fast-growing species that are not native to the
region – because fires are the result of that.”