While we are still waiting to collect the needed funding to purchase the forest land for the project (few proposals submitted - fingers crossed), we continue to seek for opportunities to raise awareness of the dangers of mono-culture forestations. Portugal, like many other countries are using majority of forests lands to plant mono-culture trees (mainly non-native eucalyptus or pine). Why is this so bad? Because they distort natural biodiversity that depends on rich multiculture of plants and animals. Also, these monoculture trees are very invasive and suck all water and nutrition from the ground, dominating all life in these forests. This restricts the living space of many animals and drives species to extinction. The worst part perhaps is, that the monoculture forestation is so widely seen, accepted and hardly questioned by majority of locals, that they are not aware of the fact that these forests are destroying the local biodiversity and future of our children.
Romi's Way is hoping to team up with forestation experts in Portugal, Europe and USA to jointly raise awareness of the issues of monoculture forestation, and enthusiastically promoting the benefits of restoring native biodiversity. Parts of this effort would be to promote the role of forests as a 'food storage' where organic variety of raw ingredients can be harvested, from berries to mushrooms and plants and herbs. By having active participation of children in the process will ensure they understand the lifecycle of food, and how to plant, harvest and eat the collected food from forests.
We need your help to join the campaigns (by liking & sharing our postings please) and if you can, by donating toward our efforts to collect funds to purchase the forest land for the pilot Agri-forest project for children.
Many thanks for reading and for your support - hugely appreciated!
Lovely summer wishes,
Sari Bernardo - CEO, Romi's Way