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Posted by portugalpress on November 02, 2018
Emílio Vidigal (ASPAFLOBAL), Sérgio Santos (Forum Algarve) and Monchique Mayor Rui André / Photos: ANA SOFIA VARELA/OPEN MEDIA GROUP

Thousands of trees are due to be planted in the Algarve by the end of the year as part of two reforestation initiatives.

The first is entitled ‘Operação Montanha Verde’, an initiative promoted by Zoomarine theme park which has planted thousands of trees in Algarve areas consumed by wildfires since 2016.

This year, it will be carried out on November 23 in Silves, Loulé, Portimão and Monchique, and aims to plant a record 21,000 trees.

The initiative was granted the official President of the Republic sponsorship (Alto Patrocínio da Presidência da República), considered one of the most prestigious ‘seals of approval’ in Portugal.

What’s special about the initiative is that everyone who takes part does so voluntarily. The Portuguese Navy will have 200 men helping with the plantation efforts in Portimão this year, and awareness campaigns are being carried out at schools encouraging children to take part as well.

Anyone interested in helping can sign up online (https://tinyurl.com/OperacaoMontanhaVerde2018).

Meantime, another project to plant thousands of trees in the fire-ravaged borough of Monchique has been announced by the local council, Faro shopping centre Forum Algarve and the association of forest producers from the Western Algarve (ASPAFLOBAL).

The idea is to use the money raised from the ice rink that will open at Forum Algarve next week to plant trees on a patch of land in Monchique and turn it into “an attraction” with paths where people could go on hikes.

For now, the council is looking for an adequate area where this project could be developed. The development of the project will depend on how much money will be raised.

The shopping centre’s Christmas Village will also be promoting a book called ‘Gui vai acampar’, which aims to teach children the importance of protecting our forests.

‘Gui’ himself will be there, next to Santa Claus passing the message on to children.

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