This strong praise for the eight-year-old project – called the National Program for Reforestation and Water Harvesting – comes from a prominent environmentalist and researcher in Mexico, Prof. Ernesto C. Enkerlin Hoeflich of the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education. Enkerlin is also president of the World Commission of Protected Natural Areas.
“The project is benefiting over a thousand communities as millions of trees are planted, water is harvested and other direct and indirect benefits are gained,” Enkerlin said in a recent independent analysis of the project. “It is also one of the few programs that performs multi-year maintenance to its reforestation acres to ensure success in the medium and long term.”
By the end of this year, the program will be responsible for planting 70 million trees over its eight-year history.
Reforestation in watersheds is critical because it contributes to the absorption of water in the soil and the replenishment of springs, rivers and lakes.
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