International Forest Week promotes the participation of young people in the promotion of the environmental values of forest habitats

Mar 18, 2022 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The Forest Management and Land Protection Service of the Regional Ministry of the Environment and Territory, in collaboration with IBANAT and Xarxa Forestal, has organised a series of activities to mark International Forest Week, which is being held on Monday 21st April, World Forest Day.

This coming Saturday the 19th, the Llevant Natural Park is organising, in collaboration with the Official College of Forestry Engineers of the Balearic Islands, a technical itinerary through different areas of the agroforestry areas of the public estates that make up the Park. The activity begins at 9:30 am in the car park of s’alqueria vella.

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In Menorca, the Natural Park of s’Albufera des Grau will show, with biologist Sam Pons, how tree rings are studied and what information can be extracted from them. The activity will take place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and requires prior registration.

On Sunday, Xarxa Forestal will collaborate in the volunteering day organised by the Asociación Balear del Árbol (ABA) in the Cúber area as part of the Ecoembes project “Árboles visibles nietos de basurauraleza” (Visible trees, grandchildren of rubbish).

In addition, on the same day, between 9:00 and 13:30 h, there will be an open day at the Forestry Centre of the Balearic Islands (CEFOR), in the public estate of Menut, in Escorca.

On Monday 21st, coinciding with the commemoration of the International Day, the finalists of the drawing contest “Not a Fire in the Forest”, which this year reaches its fifteenth edition in Mallorca, will be voted on. In addition, a new, updated edition of the Guide to the Forests of the Balearic Islands will be presented.

On the same day, as part of the Let’s Clean Up Europe programme, the Directorate General for Waste and Environmental Education is organising a clean-up activity in the Porciúncula forest in Palma, with pupils from the La Porciúncula school.

One of the main objectives of the Week is to promote the environmental values of forests among young people. Three forestry conferences aimed at schoolchildren have been organised. The first will take place in Eivissa on Monday, with the participation of students from the IES Sant Antoni secondary school. This activity will focus on forest restoration.

In Mallorca, two workshops have been scheduled. The first will take place on Wednesday the 23rd and will be held at Ca ses Monges, in Santa Maria, with the participation of around one hundred students from the local secondary school. The second will be Friday, the 25th, at the public estate of sa Duaia, in Artà, and more than 400 primary school pupils from Artà, Capdepera, Sant Llorenç and Son Servera are expected to take part.

“Having healthy forests is fundamental for combating the climate emergency,” said the councillor for the Environment and Territory, Miquel Mir, who thanked “the dedication of the technicians for the enormous effort involved in organising this number of activities”.