Rural Development Programme (RDP) support enabled the reforestation of land and ornamental public spaces with native forest species, while promoting environmental awareness, education and training.
This project is a collaboration between a Local Authority, the Town Council of Cañamero, Spain and the General Directorate of Forestry Policy of the Regional Government of Extremadura. The aim of this project was to consolidate the local nursery which produces native plants and to provide environmental awareness, education and training.
The nursery is included in the network of forest nurseries managed by the General Directorate of Forestry Policy to reforest land and ornament public spaces with native forest species. These nurseries have been modernised over time and they have the infrastructure that enables them to produce large numbers of plants from different native species.
RDP support enabled direct and indirect jobs to be create and sustained, due to the maintenance and operation of the nursery. It also created the need for jobs associated with logistics, transportation and other complementary services. The agreement allowed 87% of the funds to be directed to personnel costs, 29% for permanent staff and 58% for temporary staff.
In addition, there have been a large number of donations of native forest plants to municipalities with less than 5 000 inhabitants. Donations of plants have also been made to environmental education and training projects carried out in schools and organisations such as NGOs. This has contributed to the objective of raising awareness, educating people and improving forestry training.