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Seven Billion Dreams One Planet Consume with Care

News from Nicaragua | Monday, 18 May 2015 |

This is the theme of this year’s World Environment Day on 5 June.

Nicaragua will be participating in this global event through a National Earth Fair organised by the Young Environmentalist Club, and by launching the country’s annual reforestation campaign.

The National Forestry Institute (INAFOR) will be mobilising over 400,000 people including military personnel, state and council workers, members of the environmental movement Guardabarranco, secondary students and the general population. Their task will be to reforest 29,000 hectares all over the country with over 16 million saplings.

Although these programmes have resulted in the reforestation of 130,000 hectares since 2007, an estimated 70,000 hectares is lost annually through the expansion of the agricultural frontier, illegal logging, wildfires and burning associated with agriculture.

As part of their reforestation programme INAFOR’s brigades of volunteers and military personnel are also responsible for fighting fires and training farmers, students and community members in fire prevention. According to INAFOR this has meant a reduction in the incidence of forest fires of over 90% since 2007.