Reforestamos México and Tlalpan City Hall Sign Agreement in Favor of Forests
24 marzo, 2022
- As part of the celebrations for the International Day of Forests, the civil association Reforestamos México and Tlalpan City Hall sign a collaboration agreement to carry out actions in favor of the forests.
- In addition, Tlalpan City Hall receives the Tree City of the World 2021 distinction, being the first city hall to be recognized for its efforts in the protection, conservation, and increase of urban trees.
As part of the celebrations for the International Day of Forests, Tlalpan City Hall reaffirms its commitment to environmental care and conservation through the signing of a collaboration agreement with the civil association Reforestamos México, whose mission is to ensure more and better forests to promote sustainable development. In addition, the mayor Alfa González received the Tree City of the World 2021 distinction as the head of Tlalpan City Hall, recognizing its efforts in the protection, conservation, and increase of urban trees.
The conservation of forests and urban trees requires the joint work of different sectors of society, which is why the signing of this collaboration agreement is of great relevance for the assurance of the environmental goods and services that forests provide to Mexico City.
Reforestamos México and Tlalpan City Hall will work together on specific actions in favor of forests, including reforestation and environmental restoration campaigns, actions for forest governance and legality, actions for community business development, actions for the promotion of environmental-forestry culture and education, as well as actions focused on youth and the environment.
The mayor of Tlalpan, Alfa González, pledged to continue working to contribute to the fight against climate change, “from a sustainable perspective, with responsibility and commitment within the framework of international standards, for the management of our biodiversity and specifically with our forests and trees.”
The Tree City of the World distinction is a way to acknowledge the efforts of cities by meeting five standards: having authority in the subject, regulations ensuring the protection, conservation, and increase of urban trees, information on urban trees and green areas, budget allocated for the management and increase of urban trees, and the celebration of trees. This year, the cities that obtained recognition for their actions in 2021 will be announced. It is worth noting that 10 cities obtained or renewed the distinction in our country. However, Tlalpan is the first city hall to obtain this distinction within the 16 city halls that make up Mexico City.
José Federico Suárez, president of Reforestamos México, emphasized that “alliances between different sectors of society are fundamental to achieving our mission of ensuring more and better forests for sustainable development. The work that each actor can carry out from their trench—government, private initiative, civil society, academia—is essential to conserve our forests and urban trees and thus ensure the environmental services they provide to cities.”
*The Tree City of the World distinction (Tree Cities of the World) emerges as an initiative of the Arbor Day Foundation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Since 2019, Reforestamos México has been monitoring and accompanying cities seeking to obtain the distinction, both from Mexico and Latin America. For more information, visit www.arbolesyciudades.org