is pledging to plant a quarter of a billion trees in 2007. Now
that the rainy season has begun, reforestation projects are
about to bloom.
A QUARTER OF A BILLION
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has launched
a major worldwide tree planting campaign. Under the Billion
Tree Campaign, people, communities, business and industry,
NGOs and governments are pledging tree planting commitments
with the goal of planting at least one billion trees worldwide
Mexico's President, Felipe Calderon, declared
that his country would plant 250 million trees and the Mexican
government launched the Pro
Árbol (Pro Tree) Campaign, sponsored by the Chemistry
Nobel Prize winner, Mario Molina.
The Mexican government will invest more than six billion pesos
in 2007 with funds assigned to support nearly 400,000 inhabitants
in ejidos and communities. The Pro-Árbol Program will
be used to recover deforested areas amd recharge the aquifers.
It will focus on four objectives: conservation and restoration,
planning and forest organization, production and productivity,
and the development of infrastructure, communication and other
things required to contribute to sustainable forestry.
President Calderón explained that his government had
signed an agreement with the United Nations, included in the
Millennium Development Goals, pledging to incorporate the principles
of sustainable development into national policies and programs
and to reduce the loss of environmental resources.
The representative of the Mexican Secretary of Environment and
Natural Resources and the Regional Director of UNEP/ROLAC signed
an agreement in which the Mexican Government states its intention
of joining the worldwide initiative, through reforestation campaigns
and the incorporation of civil society and the private sector.
The 250 million trees pledged are indigenous to Mexico and include
the following species: Acacia farnesiana, Agave atrovirens,
Agave crupeata, Agave sp, Alnus sp, Brosimium alicastrum, Cedrela
odorata, Cupresus lindleyi, Enterolobium cyclocarpum, Junglas
piriformis, Junglas regia, Liquidambar macrophylla, Pinus arizonica,
Pinus ayacahuite, Pinus cembroides, Pinus cooperi, Pinus chiapensis,
Pinus devoniana, Pinus douglasiana, Pinus durangensis, Pinus
engelmannii, Pinus gregii, Pinus hartwegii, Pinus jeffreyi,
Pinus michoacana, Pinus montezumae, Pinus nelsoni, Pinus oaxacana,
Pinus oocarpa, Pinus patula, Pinus pinceana, Pinus pseudostrobus,
Pinus rudis, Pinus teocote, Pithecelobium paliens, Prosopis
glandulosa, Prosopis laevigata, Prosopis velutina, Quercus sp,
Quercus virens, Swietenia macrophylla and Yuca filifera.
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Who's Who in Mexican Forestry
the Tule Tree
Calderón during National Presentation of Pro-Tree Program
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