BANASA, together with the Development Ministry, Launches Reforestation Project in the South West.

BANASA, JUNTO AL MINISTERIO DE DESARROLLO, LANZA UN PROYECTO DE REFORESTACIÓN EN EL SUR OCCIDENTE

Guatemala, July 2013. Banasa concerned with the environment and floods that have afflicted year after year communities in the South West region of Guatemala, decided to implement a Reforestation project in the area along with the Ministry of Social Development.

The objective of the Project is to reforest micro basins of rivers Ocosito, Naranjo, and Zanjon Pacaya. Furthermore involves communities, government institutions, NGO and private sector.

It is estimated to plant 120 thousand trees in eleven months, in nurseries established in 21 communities in the meeting point among the departments of Retalhuleu, San Marcos and Quetzaltenango.

Seeds have been harvested by the Ministry of Social Development; plastic bags have been donated by Banasa. Communities will be responsible for filling the bags, irrigation and maintenance of nurseries. In addition, FONADES will provide technical assistance during the life time of the project.

Bernardo Roehrs, Banasa’s Corporate Director stated: “Reforestation brings great benefits: protects against erosion, prevents decrease of soil fertility and sedimentation of water ways, prevents flooding and improves air quality.”

Banasa, with the implementation of this Project, once again demonstrates its Social Responsibility contributing towards the improvement of the environment and the development of the communities where it operates.