Citizen gathering for urban trees and forests
1 febrero, 2023
We are aware that within a vast metropolis like Mexico City, there are various citizen initiatives, whether individual or collective, working towards the well-being of trees in their neighborhoods. However, these initiatives are rarely connected. In collaboration with the Tlalpan Borough and with the support of Bioforestal and Genfor, Reforestamos México organized the first “Citizen Gathering for Urban Trees” on Sunday, January 29, at Parque Macondo. Approximately 120 people who volunteer for the well-being of their city’s trees attended the event.
The main objective of this gathering was to connect individuals involved in urban tree-related activities, such as the recovery of ravines and public lands, raising awareness among neighbors about the importance of trees, mapping the health status of trees, reforesting medians, establishing pollinator gardens, pest control, and maintaining green areas, among others. The goal was to form a community that can share best practices and support each other in their activities.
Both Reforestamos México and the Tlalpan Borough, which was recognized with the Tree Cities of the World distinction in 2022, aim to connect and support citizens who voluntarily engage in actions for urban forests and trees, whether using their own resources or, in some cases, managing the use of public resources for tree maintenance. They have reached out to technicians, specialists, and institutions to provide guidance wherever possible.
During the gathering, workshops on tree identification, pollinator gardens, tree climbing, urban gardens, recycling, and circular economy were conducted. There were also talks on tree pests and diseases, seed collection, urban biodiversity, environmental education as an ongoing subject, and actions to reduce the CO2 footprint. Both talks and workshops were led by individuals from civil society and representatives of various organizations working on issues related to urban trees and forests.
José Carlos Martínez, Director of Innovation at Reforestamos México, mentioned that
“the idea for this gathering arose from conversations on Twitter, where it was mentioned that before convincing those who are not yet convinced of the benefits of trees, we must come together—those who are already convinced—to exchange experiences, knowledge, identify best practices, learn about laws, and many other things so that there are more and better trees in the Valley of Mexico and in all cities of our country.”
This is one of the actions that Reforestamos México takes in coordination and partnership with other sectors of society, including government, civil society organizations, and independent individuals interested in reclaiming and safeguarding the urban trees and forests of our country.