The Canary Islands present some of the most unusual forest ecosystems in all of Europe, such as the thermophilic forest, the laurel or monteverde forests and pine forests comprising Canary Island pines (Pinus canariensis). In 2011, a project was begun with the Banco Santander Foundation to re-afforest these habitats in public properties owned by the Tenerife Island Council (Boquín, Los Partidos de Abajo, Altos de Arico and Fasnia), in order to create the seed of an ecological corridor between the massifs of Anaga and Teno. The species used for re-population include Lauraceae such as the fire tree (Myrica faya), the laurel (Laurus arizonica), the viñátigo (Persea indica), small-leaved holly (Ilex canariensis) or the Canary Island willow (Salix canariensis), many of which had never before been grown in nurseries prior to this project.
New re-afforestation actions and reviews of the status of plantations and relevant specimen counts are under way. Other complementary actions include the elimination of invasive species (such as giant canes, prickly pears or castorbeans), the clearing of trails and channels for water, the removal of protection for those specimens that have reached the recommendable size as well as training and awareness-raising activities.
Within the framework of the project an issue was prepared for the collections of Sustainable Development Manuals from the Banco Santander Foundation devoted to the Recovery of forest ecosystems in the Canary Islands.
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