More than 15,000 endemic species will be planted in 10 communes in the central-north region of the country as part of the reforestation support plan promoted by ISA Interchile. The energy company’s goal is to contribute to the recovery of green areas and improve the quality of life for communities.
The measure seeks to partially mitigate the existing territorial inequality in the country regarding green areas, since, according to indicators, 7.6 million inhabitants live in communes with green areas that are below the standards recommended by authorities.
According to the Urban Development Standards Indicator System (Siedu), only 18 of 117 communes meet the minimum proposed standards of 10 square meters of plazas and parks per inhabitant.
The plan has the particularity that the species are chosen by each municipality considering the characteristics of the area and that they also have low water requirements, with the objective of ensuring their survival and making responsible use of water under the context of drought affecting the central-north region of the country. Among the tree species are Jacarandá, Laurel en Flor, Peumo, among others.
Mauricio Rebolledo, Director of Sustainability at ISA Interchile, stated that the company plans to continue reinforcing its work with the community and contributing to the environment. “ISA Interchile understands sustainability as a central axis of our daily work, where development must go hand in hand with its surroundings, only then will we make it possible to consolidate sustainable communities to jointly face the future.”
Among the benefiting communes are Freirina, in the Atacama Region; La Serena, Coquimbo and Los Vilos, in the Coquimbo Region; Villa Alemana, in the Valparaíso Region and Til-Til, in the Metropolitan Region, among other communes that will see their green areas reinforced in various public spaces.
Rodrigo Bravo, responsible for Territorial Relations at ISA Interchile, explained that “the trees will not only contribute to beautifying the urban environment, but will also become true green lungs that help combat climate change.”
He added that municipalities can select three species that meet the requirements of their environment and define the place where they will be inserted, involving the community in decision-making to define the sectors of the commune with the greatest need to increase their green áreas.