Mazatlán requires ‘intelligent’ reforestation


Maria de Lourdes Sanjuán Gallardo said that for years the previous governments used ‘invasive’ species that caused damage to the port infrastructure

Mazatlan, Sinaloa.- The lack of ecological awareness, during the 70s, 80s and early 2000s, forced governments to make the wrong decisions that have allowed damage to the city’s infrastructure, thanks to the planting of invasive species such as Ficus, Black Olive, and Neem said María de Lourdes Sanjuán Gallardo.

The director of Ecology and Environment of the City Council said that there is currently a campaign to start planting native species such as Amapa, of which already have a hundred in the municipal nursery ready for reforestation of areas where they can survive and grow without problems.

“Right now we are threatened with exotic species such as the Kiri, which is a tree that has nothing to do with us and we do not want it to come because it is an invasive species, it is a species that is easily going to reproduce, we are going back to the native species”.

The municipal official said that any reforestation done from now on should be smart, since the percentage of survival in plants that are not from the region is minimal and those that manage to grow, in the search for water are expanding, causing damage in the infrastructure of the municipality.

“I think it was more out of ignorance, they were not the same conditions we have now, there was not this ecological conscience that we have now, they did it at best in good faith but we have seen a lot of damage to urban infrastructure by these species” .

Sanjuán Gallardo added that being in a critical situation due to the availability of water, people should be educated in the use of native species, as well as the collaboration of institutions such as the CIAD that has made available to the population more than 5,000 plants. 

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