Dominican Republic. San Jose de las Matas, Santiago de los Caballeros. In the framework of the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, some 400 employees of the Banco Popular Dominicano, in coordination with Plan Sierra, planted more than 14,000 plants in the community of Los Montaones Abajo, San José de las Matas.
This is the first day of reforestation carried out this year by the Popular Group, which takes place after the severe drought, the plague of beetles and the forest fires that in recent months affected the forests located in the Sierra Plan and in the Central Mountain Range.
Popular employees planted an area of 195 tasks with plants that correspond to the varieties of Caribbean pine and occidentalis, Creole mahogany, cedar, oak, Juan Primero, penda, guázara and capá.
In their adult stage these plants will capture 4.4 tons of CO2 per year, retain 1.7 tons of soil and store more than 42 million liters of water annually, according to the calculations of the Sierra Plan.
This contribution will also have a positive impact on the development of the Ámina river basin and the Inoa river microbasin and, in general, will counteract greenhouse gas emissions derived from deforestation and forest degradation.
Sustainable performance model
In his words to the employees, Mr. José Alejandro Johnson Grullón, vice-president of the Area of Analysis and Formalization of Personal Credits, motivated the sense of pride of the employees of the Popular, whom he invited to feel “grateful for being part of an institution that it is identified in solving problems that affect the environment and the community. ”
The banking executive specified that, with these reforestation days, the financial organization reduces its carbon footprint, thus helping to mitigate the pernicious effects of climate change.
Meanwhile, the executive president of the Sierra Plan, Mrs. Inmaculada Adames, expressed her gratitude to the Popular Group for the leadership she has in these socially responsible initiatives, as well as the permanent support for the Sierra Plan.
In addition to the reforestation days, which have been held for more than two decades, the Popular contributes economic resources each year to the Sierra Plan for its operation and sustainability.
In these days of reforestation, the staff of the Popular Group usually receives the assistance of volunteers from the community and technicians of the Sierra Plan, considered as the most important environmental sustainability initiative in the country.