Government supports conversion of 300 hectares of forest area
Forestry project at Montando das Rabaças important for fire prevention
The President of the Regional Government, Miguel Albuquerque, visited today, Saturday, July 18, a private forestry intervention project located in Montado das Rabaças, in Ponta do Sol, covering an area of 300 hectares.
The investment in the order of 7.7 million euros, with support from PRODERAM and the Region, aims, along with the recovery of the vegetation cover – planting 260 thousand plants of hardwood species – to prevent fires and increase the safety of the population.
“This area has a very high hazard index, because it transports fire to the high areas of Ponta do Sol”, indicated the President of the Government.
“And, in that sense, this project adds the useful to the pleasant. On the one hand, we do the reconversion and reforestation of this whole area, also creating the infrastructure for fire protection and prevention – the wells, water connections, forest roads – and, secondly, we create here a new area of environmental education open to the population”, he continued.
Miguel Albuquerque also stressed the need to make the population aware of the ongoing investment in that large area which, in 2016, was consumed by flames and gave rise to the proliferation of weeds.
The area will now be converted, with leafy vegetation cover, a network of forest paths, a water network and access to facilitate fire fighting.