Grupo Argos Foundation will close the year with the planting of 180,000 mangrove seedlings in Sucre and Bolívar
30 November 2021
These plantings were carried out in the municipality of San Onofre in the Bocacerrada township in Sucre and on Barú Island in Bolívar, and are part of the Sembrando Futuro program of the Grupo Argos Foundation, which advances the planting of more than 1 million trees each anus.
The project also included the construction of three community nurseries that are already operating to benefit the communities and the planting of seedlings in deforested areas that will allow the generation of income for around 90 people from the communities.
The Grupo Argos Foundation’s investment in this project amounts to about COP 900 million and has allowed the restoration of more than 50 hectares of mangrove swamp since 2019.
Grupo Argos Foundation this week will reach a total of 180,000 mangrove seedlings planted in Bocacerrada, Sucre and in Barú, Bolívar, only during 2021, a program that is being carried out to strengthen the strategic role of the mangrove ecosystem in the conservation of biodiversity, the capture of carbon dioxide and in the quality of life of the inhabitants of the coastal areas.
These plantings will allow the restoration of 41 hectares of mangrove swamp and are in addition to the efforts that Fundación Grupo Argos has been carrying out since 2019 in the area, where more than 250,000 seedlings have been planted to date. This project also contemplates the involvement of local communities through environmental education workshops and the generation of income for around 90 people.
“We proudly celebrate the mangrove restoration efforts advanced this year and that will allow us to recover a strategic ecosystem for the Colombian Caribbean Coast with high environmental and social benefits. It is worth noting that these plantings are carried out within the framework of our Sembrando Futuro program, with which since 2021 we are planting more than 1 million trees each year”. María Camila Villegas – Fundación Grupo Argos Operational Director
The mangrove ecosystem, although it only covers 0.5% of the planet’s marine surface, has the capacity to capture up to five times more carbon than tropical forests, which is why it plays a fundamental role in mitigating the effects of climate change. The Grupo Argos Foundation investment in this project amounts to about COP 900 million and has allowed the restoration of more than 50 hectares of mangrove swamp since 2019.
Learn more about this program with the following video: