El Jicarito, Comayagua.- As part of the compensation measures of the impacts caused by the construction Works of the CA 5 North Highway, 16,100 pine seedlings are being replanted in 16 hectares of forest in the Community of El Jicarito in the municipality of the Villa de San Antonio, Comayagua. This area is part of the El Coyolar forest reserve and of the water mirror of the “India Vieja” gorge which supplies water to the Santa Ana and San Jose villages in the same municipality.
A year after having been planted, the growth achieved by the trees is notorious, as well as the care they have received from the Works contractor company in charge of the enhancing and improvement Works of the road in the section Río del Hombre – Beginning of the Comayagua Valley.
16,100 pine seedlings are being replanted in 16 hectares of forest in the Community of El Jicarito in the municipality of the Villa de San Antonio, Comayagua.
Julio César Lopez, Coordinator of the Villa de San Antonio Municipal Environmental Unit UMA, in the Department of Comayagua with Carmen Padilla of the Millennium Challenge Account -Honduras.
The Millennium Challenge Account team with the directors of the supervising firm as well as the works contractor of the section Río del Hombre – Beginning of the Comayagua Valley.
The enhancing to four lanes of the CA 5 North Highway will allow for a more expedite transit of vehicles through the area.
The Millennium Challenge Account – Honduras recognizes that the support received from the Villa de San Antonio Municipality has been key to this reforesting process. Julio César López, Coordinator of the Municipal Environmental Unit UMA, reported that the municipality granted the area required to be replanted and has hired a watchman who protects the plants from damages caused by animals or by possible human interventions, “the trees are so well taken care of that even a fence has been placed in order to protect them from any harm that may be caused on them” Lopez commented.
“Trees have already adapted to the terrain, during the Summer the Millennium Challenge Account provided irrigation fertilization and cleaning for the area… at current us as municipal authorities are ready to sign an agreement setting forth the responsibilities of the municipality will undertake after they leave the Project in our hands” Lopez reported.
This replanting process is in compliance of the regulations of the Instituto de Conservación Forestal (ICF) of planting three trees for each tree that has been cut; the maintenance provided by the Millennium Challenge Account will be due in next October and thereinafter it will be the responsibility of the Villa de San Antonio municipality to take care of and protect these trees.
The representative of the Contractor for these stretch, Edgar Vasquez, reported that the plantation has received very special care in order to get the trees to adapt to the site “since July 2010 when the seedlings were planted, we have taken care of them, currently we are doing the “comaleo”, cleaning of the surrounding areas, fertilizing and monthly irrigation during the dry months, the trees have already adapted to the terrain… when transferred to the Municipality, it will be their responsibility to take care of them”, he commented.
Millennium Challenge Account – Honduras complies with the Environmental Management Plan PMA, which includes preventive and corrective actions to mitigate, correct and compensate the impacts caused by the enhancing and improvement Works of the main communications road of the country, the CA-5 North Highway.
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