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Energy Globe Award

With more than 178 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Puerto Rico 2017

Submitted by: Thrity Vakil
Project: Sustainable forestry & rainforest enrichment

Testing the efficacy of line-planting enrichment in the wet tropical forest life zone as a means of achieving both economic return and protection of natural biological resources.

Initial situation
Most of the original forests of Puerto Rico were logged and then converted for agricultural use over the last few centuries. A decline in agricultural land use, along with social and economic changes have permitted these lands to revert to secondary forests. Heavy rainfall often caused severe erosion and landslides on former agricultural or grazing land.

Solution
One option for forest regeneration and economic enhancement of secondary forests is enrichment planting, where valuable tree species are planted in cleared lines or blocks, simulating forest openings when tall trees fall within current forest vegetation, offering critical soil erosion protection, and facilitating forest development.

Innovation
Wood is a world resource and Puerto Rico needs to utilize its forests successfully. The Las Casas de la Selva project focuses on land, forest, and timber management. Urban trees also go to waste (literally to land-fill), when cut-down for public safety and infrastructure protection, and this project seeks to address this ongoing issue as well.

Involved partners
DRNA, USDA, UPR

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Jury-Rating
Rainforests have been destroyed for economical profit for years with serious consequences for the eco system, habitats and the global environment. The reforestation needs to be considered very carefully to reduce the harm and improve the long-term situation without disturbing the environmental balance any further. Well done!



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Official language: Spanish, English
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Source: Wikipedia 2012