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Agro-forestry nursery established in Mexico for producers interested in reforestation

  • This is an initiative promoted by the BioPaSOS project, of CATIE, and CITTFOR El Tormento, in Escárcega, Campeche.

June 19, 2019. In May, the Biodiversity and Agro-silvopastoral  Landscapes project, known as BioPaSOS, and the Center for Research and Forest Technology Transfer (CITTFOR, its Spanish acronym) El Tormento, began the establishment of an agroforestry nursery with 5000 plants of forest species and fodder potential for producers who are in the areas of influence of CIITFOR and the project, interested in reforestation.

The nursery was established with the support of social service students from the Candelaria Institute of Technology and students and teachers from the Benito Juarez University for Welfare.

Among the species that compose it are found: Cedar (Cedrela odorata), Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), Chacte-viga (Caesalpinia platyloba), Pich (Enterolobium cyclocarpum), ramón (Brosimum alicastrum) and Moringa (Moringa oleifera).

"The idea is that this nursery, in addition to producing plants, serves to conduct various tests and take data to evaluate types of substrates and the effect of a moisture retainer in the aforementioned species," said Edwin Perez, local coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Campeche.

At the same time, José Adrián García, head of field at CITTFOR, mentioned that the establishment of the nursery is a collaborative exercise that contributes to the objective of safeguarding biodiversity and strengthening the capacities of students who are performing their social service, promoting in them the forest culture, so that they are trained in the topic of reforestation and conservation of forest species.

"This action is the beginning of a series of activities to be carried out in conjunction with CITTFOR to achieve common objectives that strengthen research, dissemination and transfer of forest technology, and that contribute to the restoration of degraded areas," Pérez concluded.

The BioPaSOS project is implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), with the support of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in coordination with the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO, its Spanish acronym) and the Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER, its Spanish acronym); with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI).

 

More information:

Edwin Pérez Sánchez
Local Coordinator
Biodiversity and Sustainable Agro-silvopastoral Landscapes –BioPaSOS-
CATIE
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Written by:

Karla Salazar Leiva
Communicator
Information Technology and Communication
CATIE
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