National Reforestation Campaign 2016 and Tree Day
During this administration, nearly 60 percent of the target has been met, through the reforestation of nearly 600,000 hectares.
President Enrique Peña Nieto celebrated Tree Day and launched the National Reforestation Campaign 2016, in the state of Tlaxcala.
Mexico has enormous forest wealth, with 70% of its territory covered by forests, jungles, mangrove swamps and thickets.
- At the beginning of this administration, the government set itself the goal of reforesting a million hectares, nearly equivalent to the combined area of Mexico City, Tlaxcala and Morelos.
- 58.1% of this six-year goal has already been met; 581,665 hectares having been reforested in 3 years. This year, another 170,000 hectares were reforested with 190 million plants.
- In order to protect the Megalopolis, the goal is to plant 18 million trees in the Valley of Mexico, equivalent to almost 30 times the size of Chapultepec Park.
- Today, 6 out of every 10 trees we plant survive, whereas before this administration, less than 3 out of every 10 trees planted used to survive.
- By 2018, between 7 and 8 out of every 10 plants are expected to survive.
The government acknowledges the work of the Armed Forces and the over 18,000 brigade members in the country for their work in fighting forest fires and preserving forests.
“We acknowledge those who have participated in tasks ranging from the reforestation of the forests of Veracruz through the restoration of deforested areas of Michoacán, to the promotion of successful eco-techniques in Sonora.”
This effort, “Is not just a task for the government. It is a task in which many communities, common land owners, and communities of farmers and small and medium enterprises participate, which are determined to work for reforestation and care for our forest areas”: EPN