Tree Planting from the Hellenic American Foundation «Plant your Roots in Greece»
A series of tree planting activities in various regions of Greece but also in Haiti is being scheduled by the Hellenic American Foundation “Plant your Roots in Greece”
“The awareness of the public is increasing on a daily basis and we are happy that our foundation is contributing towards motivating our compatriots but also of philhellenes on environmental issues” stresses the President of the Foundation, Coordinator of the SAE US region, Mr. Theodoros Spyropoulos who would like to thank all donors who contributed to the foundation and collaborating bodies.
Already, the feasibility of tree planting in Haiti is the subject of research, in cooperation with Latin America SAE Region Coordinator, Nikiforos Nikolaides and the Organisation “Operation Green Leaves”, as stated by Mr. Spyropoulos. Similar efforts are also being made for California which has suffered many losses from fires, in the past few years.
“Our contribution will be of symbolic nature, but it is an expression of our interest for the people of Haiti. In the case of California, we owe to give something back to our host state, which allows us to collect funds for the regeneration of forests in Greece” emphasized Mr. Spiropoulos.
The Foundation is already setting off a new campaign in Greece, whereby it has carried out a great deal of activities, aiming towards the support of its programmes. Already, in cooperation with the society “Friends of Green of Thessaloniki” and participation of volunteers, during the past month the foundation organized and provided the funding for planting 3000 saplings in Halkidiki Peninsula in the area of Pefkohori – N. Skioni, Kassandra.
In addition, in cooperation with the society “Friends of Taygetos” and wider support and coordination from the Association of Alagonia Kalamata, for November and December 2009, the foundation funded 4 tree planting activities in the area of Taygetos, whereby 5000 trees were planted.
It is important to note that the efforts for the reforestation of burnt land in the area of Taygetos, began straight after the destructive fires of 2007. Since then constant activities are being organized for reforestation and the foundation has purchased fire trucks and other vehicles and recently donated 40.000 US dollars for the purchase of a multi purpose vehicle JCB, which is appropriate for the area.
The foundation has already funded tree planting activities, which will soon take place, for the restoration of the environmental disaster in the Archeological site of Ancient Kameiros in Rhodes.
The foundation is also organizing tree planting activities in Arcadi Municipality of Crete, which will contribute towards the amelioration of the archaeological site of Eleftherna, one of the most important cities of Crete. This initiative which was taken by Professor Anagnostis Agelarakis is being carried out in cooperation with the village Mayor, Mr. N. Petrakakis and the Archaeologist responsible for the work Mr. N. Maragoudakis.
The rest of the scheduled tree-planting activities will take place in Avdira of Xanthi, in memory of the journalist Lambros Papantoniou, in the surrounding area of the Foundation Alexander the Great of Pan-Macedonian Association USA, in cooperation with Pieria Prefecture, in Achaia etc.
In cooperation with the Municipality of Lavreotikis, reforestation in the area of Sounio will also be carried out by the Foundation.
Lastly, in cooperation with the Municipality of Alexandroupolis and bodies of the Evros Prefecture , the foundation will carry out pilot tree planting activities in schools and cultural centres, with the participation of students (12th Elementary School of Alexandroupoli, a 1 hectare park in the south-east part of the city, along the 11th Elementary School of Alexandroupoli, a 1 hectare area in Platamonas and a 2 hectare area in Ianna area)