As part of our risk management strategy to mitigate water stress, our Barbosa Mill in Colombia reached out to the local administration of Barbosa City to design a joint strategy to protect the water resources of the area.
The plan also included protection of one particular critically endangered species of tree called “Jacaré” and the reforestation of specific areas of Santa Rosa creek that supply water to our mill. This particular species is a candidate for the category of heritage trees, but more importantly, the tree is special to those who live in the area for its beauty, historical and cultural value.
In 2016, the mill initiated conversations with local officials including Barbosa’s Secretary of Agriculture to plan joint activities of reforestation and awareness to protect natural resources around the mill. The outcome of the work included a reforestation plan oriented to reduce the water supply risk for the local community and the mill.
In a special moment for our mill team, we created an event with the Colombianitos foundation to plant 1,200 trees around the watershed of the Santa Rosa creek, including 60 seedlings of the endangered Jacaré.
A wastewater treatment plant operator reviews the Santa Rosa creek watershed map with mill leaders.
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