VIDEO: Reforesting in Makarska – volunteers plant trees as part of initiative
- by croatiaweek
- in News
Over 100 volunteers diligently planted seedlings of new trees in the area of Osejava, Makarska on Croatia’s coast this sunny Saturday afternoon.
This was the first reforestation action this year in the CO2MPENSATING BY PLANTING project is organised by Scouts Croatia, Croatian Forests and the HEARTH agency with a number of other partners.
In the last year and a half, as many as 3,850 šumoborci, as the volunteers who participate in planting actions are symbolically called, have participated in 42 afforestation actions. So far, they have planted more than 75,000 new seedlings.
This is also the first time that the action has been in Makarska, and the organisers were especially pleasantly surprised by the large turnout of volunteers.
Volunteers of the Makarska City Red Cross Society, students of the 5th gymnasium “Vladimir Nazor” from Split, scouts of the Split Scout Corps and the Croatian Scout Association, employees of the Makarska Municipality and other volunteers took part in the action.
The volunteers were helped in the planting by foresters from Croatian Forests from the Makarska Forestry, and the equipment and tools for planting were provided by the Directorate of Civil Protection. The deputy mayor of Makarska, Antonia Radić Brkan, joined the reforestation campaign with her colleagues.
“Care for nature is the focus of our activities, therefore we unreservedly support every action that helps preserve our forests and we look forward to every seedling that will grow into a beautiful new tree in the Makarska area. We are also actively working on urban greening through the project “Green Makarska – 100 trees in 365 days”, and by planting large trees in all Makarska neighbourhoods, we ensure a new, green view and nice shade already this spring, as soon as the trees leaf out,” said Radić Brkan, who personally helped in the planting of cypress seedlings on Osejava.
Valamar is one of the partners of the CO2MPENSATING BY PLANTING project, so the employees of Valamar’s hotels from the Makarska area were happy to join this campaign.
“Through socially responsible projects and investments in environmental protection, we strive to be better and contribute to a better and safer tomorrow. In its destinations, Valamar already takes care of 80,000 trees, and as one of the European climate leaders, we pay special attention to the protection of natural resources and developing the quality of the destination. We are especially pleased to cooperate with local communities and our guests on such projects,” said Tea Pestotnik Prebeg, director of the quality and sustainability sector at Valamar Riviera.
Planting trees is not the only goal of the campaign, it is also the education of children and young people through the educational program ŠUMOBORCI, and through educational activities on the climate crisis and the effects of climate change, 50 workshops have already been held in 24 primary and secondary schools. Šumoborci tirelessly continue with reforestation actions, of which there will be about 15 throughout Croatia during March and April, while the continuation of reforestation actions is planned again in the autumn period.