Plan to reforest Mijas

On November 28, 2012, in Fire in Malaga, Reforest Mijas, by admin

19th July 2001: The village of Mijas is evacuated due to a devastating fire during which more than 1000 hectares of the Mijas Mountains was burnt.
30th August 2012: six municipalities within the province of Malaga were affected by the worst fire in decades, according to the investigation carried out by the pertinent authorities the fire was started from the burning of garden waste in the locality of Coin specifically in Baranco Blanco.

This fire burnt 8225 hectares and causing losses of some 9 million euros. Tragically in this last fire there was loss of human life, and our deepest sympathy goes out to
the victims’ families. In their first fire the Mijas authorities were claimants on the insurance policy of the insured claiming a corresponding part of the insurance which covers these type of tragedies caused by human negligence and augmented in this case by extremely high winds which caused it to spread alarmingly. Pure bad luck, in these moments is when we remember Saint Barbara, Saint Isidro and Saint Severino, the saints that pertain to thunder, the countryside and the rain for their intervention at these times.

According to reliable details from the Mijas town hall the department of the Andalucía government dealing with the claim has received the indenisation from the insurance company that relates to the first fire of July 2001.There has not been any official re forestation carried out in the last 11 years. ’There’s no rush’. Despite the loss to the natural surroundings, the disappearance of native fauna all of which cause seriously grave consequences to the eco system of the area.

After the initial panic of the moment and calm is restored the urgency for measures to be taken is shelved and no one presents a plan for re forestation, at least no one from ant official organisation as far as we know. But, just a moment… to say no one isn’t quite true…

Tree for born

“I felt very sorry about what had happened and I always thought I had to do something”

The Dutchman Rudi van der Zalm resident in Mijas with his family for many years, so much so that listening to him you perhaps hear a little more Mijeño than Dutch in his accent; says “as a nature lover I feel deeply about this type of catastrophe and as this being now where my heart is the only thing I am trying to do is give back a little for all that I have gained over the years from being a resident and citizen of Mijas village. On his own initiative he has formed a forum. To write about his labours since he began with his family to arduously carry water and young trees to plant and begin to re forest the mountains of Mijas will not do justice to the hard work and demonstrate his love of nature.

Up to todays date the help he has received has been from around thirty volunteers that have bit by bit joined in the work and who have week after week in their free time have returned to plant new trees that each of them provide themselves.

“The volunteers that form the group are not experts in this field we are simply worried about our environment and believe that not enough has been done to achieve the re forestation of the hectares of land that were burnt”. Our friend Rudi has been interviewed by various news medias, his personal campaign is gradually taking shape although unfortunately slowly, his good intentions and the progress of his project are at the moment are known locally, provincially and regionally but it’s needs to be heard by all.

Ecologists-associations-TV radio and press at a national level-hikers-sportsmenbusinessmen- ONG-official organisations such as Town halls tourist offices environment offices etc. etc.

His idea that the citizens adopt a tree is a good one, it doesn’t cost much, but Rudi’s dream is that at least once a week someone calls him to say “Rudi what time can we go to plant trees with you at the weekend… Do you mind if I go with you?” In fact the Mijas town hall has started to give him some help and has installed access to water in the area where the re forestation is taking place, which means a lighter climb for Rudi and the volunteers.

We applaud and congratulate these actions and will keep in touch with Trees for Mijas to ADOPT A TREE.

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