Canary Island forests

Project for the conservation of Canary Island forest ecosystems.

In 2011, a project was begun with the Banco Santander Foundation to preserve some of the forest ecosystems such as thermophilic forests, laurel forests (laurisilva), and pine groves. Publicly-owned properties belonging to the Tenerife Island Council (Boquín, Los Partidos de Abajo, Altos de Arico and Fasnia) were re-afforested in order to create the seed of an ecological corridor between the massifs of Anaga and Teno.

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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