World Day for the Protection of Nature: these are the initiatives by MLR Forestal
World Wildlife Day is celebrated annually on 18 October. This day had its origin in the words that the Argentine General Juan Domingo Perón wrote in a letter on March 16, 1972:
“The time has come for all the peoples and governments of the world to become aware of theto Suicidal march that humanity has undertaken through the pollution of the environment and the biosphere, the squandering of natural resources, the unbridled growth of population and the overestimation of technology..
These words were sent to Kurt Waldheim, Secretary General of the United Nations, who decided to create the World Day for the Protection of Nature with the aim of alerting the world population about the damage to the environment, raising awareness, educating, preventing and eradicating acts that harm it.
MLR Forestry and nature: actions from the company and towards the community
Róger Mendieta, biologist at MLR Forestal, explains that “the social and cultural development of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua is linked to customs and traditions. The ancestors have seen the forest as their home and everything that inhabits it as part of their heritage. MLR Forestal is a friend of the forest, so we have a permanent monitoring system of biodiversity that goes hand in hand with the environmental education that we promote in schools in the area with the program Green Classroom, this has allowed us to raise awareness in the population about the importance of natural resources to live in harmony with nature.”
In addition to the permanent monitoring of biodiversity and the Green Classroom, MLR Forestal has published two catalogs, one of birds and another of mammals identified on its farms and plantations. Both materials are available for free digital download. The company also pays special attention to the howler monkey and the spider monkey, two endangered species that inhabit its lands.
On the other hand, since September, the North Caribbean has a new Private Wildlife Reserve, the third that exists in the municipality of Siuna. It is the Finca Matiz, owned by MLR Forestal, where 67 hectares have been recognized with this certificate for their relevance in the conservation of biodiversity. The natural wealth of the company’s land is so great that at least 22 species of macrofungi can also be found there.
Certification for carbon capture and ecological restoration
However, the greatest and most recent achievements are thebtention of the international VCS certification for carbon capture and the Conclusion of the design of the ecological restoration project whose goal is to reforest with native species 550 hectares, of the 1450.80 hectares that the company has allocated to conservation.
One of the most important opportunities for biodiversity in the Siuna area represents the will and the fact that MLR Forestal protects important areas of territory within its properties, where natural forests exist, or the company has proposed to restore them, so that they are a safe site for local biological diversity. This represents not only good news, but also materializes actions in favor of conservation, taking the management of biodiversity from the passive level (protection of areas) to the active plane (restoration and monitoring), and defining a new example to be followed by other companies at national and international level.