Xarxa Forestal has carried out more than 270 annual activities during the last two years and has reached more than 7,000 participants in the Balearic Islands.

Sep 4, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The Consellería de Agricultura, Pesca y Medio Natural, promoter of Xarxa Forestal, reminds us that the objective of this entity is to transmit the values of the forest and to promote the culture of risk against fires.

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Xarxa Forestal, an entity promoted by the Consellería de Agricultura, Pesca y Medio Natural, has carried out more than 270 annual activities during the 2021/22 and 2022/23 courses, reaching more than 7,000 participants. Among other things, activities are carried out with educational centres, associations and local entities of the Balearic Islands.

The most frequent have been talks, workshops, forest gardens, reforestations, volunteer initiatives, forestry visits and projects at the Balearic Forestry Center (CEFOR-Menut). All these activities have a common objective: to contact the local population and transmit the values of the island’s forests and their importance, to know their singularities, as well as to promote the culture of risk in the face of forest fires, under the slogans ‘To conserve is to manage’ and ‘To prevent is to act’.

This set of activities is linked to the forestry reality experienced at a given time in the Community (fires, storms, drought, etc.); for example, during this last period of time, special work has been done on the interpretation and awareness of the effects of the Juliette storm. The Xarxa Forestal calendar is also marked by various anniversaries or proposals for collaboration with other entities. The organization of the 90th anniversary of CEFOR-Menut and the 20th anniversary of the Xarxa Forestal itself stand out in these last courses.

Becoming a meeting place, a laboratory of ideas and research strategies to improve the conservation and sustainable development of forests is the main objective of Xarxa Forestal. In this sense, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Natural Environment emphasizes that the future of forest areas depends on the involvement of the whole society (educational community, managers, politicians, civil organizations, etc.). Therefore, the importance of promoting good practices and enhancing the rural and forestry world. The aim is to make forests more resilient and more active in the capture of atmospheric carbon dioxide and, therefore, to make progress in the fight against climate change.

One of the purposes of Xarxa Forestal is also the collaboration and coordination between different teams and sections of the regional and municipal administration. Examples of this joint task are the drawing contests ‘Ni 1 foc al bosc!’, which are organized together with the municipalities of Llevant de Mallorca and Ibiza, or the awareness-raising work in different urbanizations with high fire risk.

On its website, xarxaforestal.org, a series of dissemination and awareness materials are available in digital format, as well as forest fire risk maps and access to different forest-related activities. During the last school year, the website of the historical forestry archive has been added to this generic website, which aims to become the reference archive of forestry documentation in the Balearic Islands.

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