Tree-Nation is committed to supporting the AlVelAl ecological corridor through this ecosystem regeneration project.

Belveles Puerto Viejo is an ecological and regenerative farm that has been implementing water harvesting techniques and soil amendments in its productive area for years. However, around 50% of the farm’s surface area is non-productive natural area.

In this area, there is a certain degree of natural regeneration of woodland formations in the north and northeast, but on the southern slope, there is a slowdown in the evolution of vegetation, with some areas having a high cover of old esparto grass, scattered holm oaks and broom.

Manuel Martínez is aware of the importance of maintaining a balanced ecosystem to improve the ecosystem services provided by natural areas, with a positive impact on the landscape and society, but also for cultivation. His dream is to be able to leave his children and grandchildren «a better land than the one we inherited. Sixty years ago, my father-in-law used to tell me, this farm was full of holm oaks, and I would like my grandchildren to see the farm as it was in the past».

Belveles Puerto Viejo

Reasons that have led Martínez to support the restoration of this natural area, which is finding it difficult to regenerate on its own. And he has done so by planting 10,000 specimens of forest plants corresponding to the climactic and subserial stages of the potential vegetation of this area. The aim is to diversify the vegetation, to advance in the recolonisation of the area of action with native species that have disappeared and to create an arboreal mosaic in which the sessile juniper is the protagonist.

An ecological corridor for biodiversity
An ecosystem restoration plan that includes various actions with the intention of creating an East-West axis that will provide the backbone of the territory and serve to connect the natural areas located to the south and north of it; connecting natural ecological corridors that already exist such as the rivers Guardal, Castril, Guadiana Menor, Fardes, …; and some of the existing wadis in the south of this axis. Taking advantage of natural areas of farms of farmers who implement techniques of Ecological and Regenerative Agriculture; and the cooperation with the different competent administrations in environmental matters.

Actions that are possible thanks to the collaboration of public and private entities, in this case the Pozo Jara farm has had the collaboration of the Sierra María-Los Vélez Natural Park, the Consejería de Medio Ambiente y Ordenación del Territorio de la Junta de Andalucía and Tree-Nation.

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