He Tenerife Councilthrough the area of Natural Environment, Sustainability and Security and Emergencies, and the Foresta Foundation have launched the Tenerife Renace project, an initiative that will last four years and plans to channel the aid and actions of environmental restoration in areas affected by the Forest fire which began in mid-August.
The project seeks to channel all aid from private individuals and legal entities that have declared their intention to participate in the restoration of the Tenerife mountains affected by the fire that originated in Arafo and Candelaria, or who intend to do so throughout of the duration of the aforementioned project. The objective is to coordinate and promote restoration actions that will benefit the rural and forestry development of the Island.
The signing of the agreement was attended by the president of the Cabildo, Rosa Dávila; the director of Foresta, Alicia Rodríguez; the president of CEOE-Tenerife, Pedro Alfonso, and the vice president of the Canarian Confederation of Entrepreneurs (CCE), José Cristóbal García.
Dávila indicated that it is a day of gratitude for all the people who have wanted to show their solidarity with the fire: “Thanks to Tenerife Renace and the entities that promoted it, we will be able to channel this aid to face this natural catastrophe. It is a project that has a regional dimension, because during the fire we felt the encouragement and support and the outstretched hands of all the islands to help.” Furthermore, he valued “the alliances between private entities and public administrations”, because “it is the work formula from here to the future”, a guarantee so that, with this work, that nature and biodiversity that “It was lost after a fire that affected protected spaces.”
Along with this initiative, the Tenerife Cabildo will invest 29 million euros between 2024 and 2026 for Monteverde recovery work and actions against the risk of falling trees, landslides or the risk of erosion. Likewise, there are joint actions with the Government of the Canary Islands in terms of stabilization, restoration, forestry work and cleaning of spaces and ravines, in addition to specific employment plans.
On the other hand, the director of the Foresta Foundation, Alicia Rodríguez, pointed out that “we are committed to making our knowledge and experience available to the various collaborating entities. Our objective is to carry out professional work that facilitates the recovery of the affected areas.” After thanking the Council for its trust in leading the execution of the work planning, she indicated that contributions can now be made through Bizum 08273, and in the coming days a dissemination campaign will begin.
Tenerife Renace establishes a network of actions that will serve to restore the forests, facilitate citizen participation actions and generate technical knowledge about the fire and learning about restoration techniques for damaged ecosystems. The patronage project will be in charge of seeking the necessary private funds.
The initiative arises from the numerous requests for collaboration that Canarian society and the business sector have shown to the Cabildo of Tenerife, which has sought a way to take advantage of this support and put it into the restoration of the mountains affected by the catastrophe of August 15. of 2023.
The Cabildo will be in charge, among other issues, of directing the technical project and will analyze and define the work areas and work units to be carried out, informing Foresta for its execution. Thus, it will provide technical support for the development and monitoring of the work and will facilitate citizen participation. Likewise, it will support specific actions with its own material and human resources that are necessary for execution.