50 volunteers planted Monchique oaks, cork oaks and chestnut trees to restore the mountain habitats destroyed by the 2018 fire.
The initiative is part of the “Renature Monchique” project, which has already allowed the planting of around 15,000 trees since the beginning of November this year, a figure that will rise to 75,000 by the end of April 2020, according to the project’s action plan. It intends to conserve the natural resources and biodiversity of the Algarve Mountains, as well as to mitigate the future impacts of climate change on the territory.
Renature Monchique is coordinated by GEOTA, supported by the Algarve Tourism Region (RTA), the municipality of Monchique and the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests (ICNF) and is funded by Ryanair, the company that wanted to compensate for the carbon dioxide emissions from their flights.
For the president of the RTA, João Fernandes, this action shows that “the way of the Algarve is also made here, by implementing a strategy that includes nature conservation, safeguarding biodiversity and environmental education,” he said.
According to the president of GEOTA, Marlene Marques, this action “allowed the active participation of the community and partners in the process of the renaturalisation of the Monchique mountain range, an essential step for the recovery of the natural heritage of the region”, she concludes.
“We are delighted to support this reforestation initiative in Monchique. Our clients have adopted our carbon offset programme with their generous donations, financing the planting of 15,000 trees in the region since November.
We are extremely proud of these environmentally-minded customers, and this week we are especially proud of our staff, who have volunteered to visit Monchique and work tirelessly to help restore mountain habitats,” concluded Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer.