Cancun, Q.R. – A massive reforestation project in Benito Juarez and Isla Mujeres will include the planting of one million trees.
La Reserva Toh is the first to reforest these two important regions of Quintana Roo adding a million trees of varying types. Gerardo Contreras Silva, manager of the reserve, says the trees will be distributed to municipalities, schools, universities, hotels and suburb areas for replanting and will include varieties that are ornamental as well as fruit trees, cedar, mahogany, ciricote, zapote, snail and katalox.
According to national studies, Quintana Roo is the sixth largest producer of carbon dioxide in the country, with nearly two million tons annually.
La Reserva Toh program is sponsored by Reforestemos Mexico, a program that intends to double the number of trees planted each year.
“We want to include suburbs and these municipalities to give them the benefit of having these trees because in the north of the state, the measurement of carbon dioxide is greater.” He adds, “Right now, the number of trees in these municipalities is very low, so the intention is to have more trees to help with the pollution, not only in the cities, but throughout the entire state.”
Contreras Silva noted that a few months ago, staff from the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA) went to the reserve to reforest six hectares, which they intend to continue doing with support from the National Forestry Commission (CONAFOR) and the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat).
“La Reserva Toh started the project, but we want this activity to be shared,” he said. The Toh Reserve is dedicated to reforestation with a nursery of more than one million trees.