Reforestation process in “La Sabana de San José” ends after 13 years



After 13 years and as part of National Tree Day, the “Una Nueva Sabana” re-tree project, in the La Sabana Metropolitan Park, comes to an end. The completion of the reforestation process was announced on Tuesday by the Costa Rican Institute of Sports and Recreation (ICODER) and Scotiabank, in charge of this project which began in 2008.

On the 64 hectares of this green corridor in the center of San José, 3,262 trees, diseased or not native to Costa Rican soil, have been cut, for example the cypress or pines which predominate in the park.

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Technical study for the redevelopment of the La Sabana metropolitan park

The “Technical study for the re-arborization of the metropolitan park of La Sabana” underlined the need to replace more than 3,200 overripe or diseased trees by various fungi and bacteria, or dead, which represented a risk for other tree species. and for park users. . Likewise, the need to plant 5,000 new trees of native species was raised to recover the ecological functionality of the park.

“After completing the maintenance period stipulated in the Una Nueva Sabana contract, Scotiabank formalizes the closure of the project. From today, the care and maintenance of the planted trees will be entrusted to ICODER as the management entity of the park ”, commented the Senior Director of Communications and Social Responsibility of Scotiabank, Rocío Zamora. The bank is part of the project organization alongside the Costa Rican Institute of Sports and Recreation, the National System of Conservation Areas (Sinac), the National Electricity and Lighting Company (CNFL) and the Ministry of Justice and Peace.

Recover and maintain the safety and ecological functionality of forest resources

Since 2008, when the project was under development, there have been 54 days of volunteering, where 100% of the goals set to “recover and maintain the safety and ecological functionality of forest resources and other minor species in the park. metropolitan area of ​​La Sabana, without reducing the social, sporting and recreational function that the park brings to its visitors, ”according to the planning document.

“If the intervention of La Sabana has enabled us to enhance the environmental aspect of the park, we must also underline the social impact of the project. Today, La Sabana is a safe space, thanks to the fact that the risk of falling branches of dead or diseased trees has been eliminated; In addition, it is a space rich in biodiversity, fundamental aspects for fulfilling the educational, cultural, recreational and sporting role of the park. FROM ICODER, we want to thank Scotiabank for this amazing project and everyone who worked to make Una Nueva Sabana a reality, ”said Vivian Ortega, ICODER Planning Unit.

The planting plan considered 18 tree species classified as endangered or threatened, such as ron ron, cocobolo, royal guayacán, nazareno, cativo, yellow almond, mahogany and guapinol. black, among others.

These judicial detainees, through the Ministry of Justice and Peace, produced wood products in accordance with ICODER’s needs. The original list included items such as: ranches, picnic tables, cabins, benches, tables, chairs, garbage cans, desks, signs, shelves and cabinets.

A win-win project

It was a win-win project that allowed us to generate sources of employment for people deprived of liberty and other benefits, such as accreditation of penalty remission. In addition, they were trained in tree management, cabinetmaking and other trades. This involves the formation of work habits, which are essential for successful integration into their communities once they leave the penitentiary, ”commented the head of the industrial and agricultural department, Jorge Barrantes Jiménez, who was responsible for representing the ministry in this project.

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