16:05 | Lima, Mar. 20 (ANDINA).
One million trees will be planted this year in Peru's southeastern Madre de Dios region in a bid to mitigate the effects of illegal mining activities, local authorities have announced.
Juan Carlos Arzola, regional director for trade and tourism, told Andina that this initiative seeks to preserve the environment in this jungle region, known as the Biodiversity Capital of Peru.
"Illegal mining in the buffer zone of the Tambopata reserve has done much harm. We want to reverse that and therefore we call for the unity of government officials, businessmen and students," he said.
Arzola said that a national and international crusade against illegal mining will be officially launched in April and will include the planting of timber and fruit trees to revitalize damaged soils in areas like La Pampa.
"We want to tell the world about our interest and concern for biodiversity through reforestation, in an important year for Madre de Dios, which celebrates its 100th founding anniversary," he said.