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Deforestation Causing Erosion In Azuero Rivers, and Reforestation Efforts

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Deforestation causing  erosion in Azuero rivers

Posted 02/04/2019
The basins of the Tonosí and La Villa rivers, in the region of Azuero, are those that register more cases of erosion in their banks affecting with roads and the storage of water for the purification plants.

On Tuesday, April 2 the Ministry of Public Works (MOP) in Los Santos confirmed the placement of gabions to prevent erosion in the Guaniquito-La Pintada road in the Tonosí district.

In the same basin, work has been done on road and river detours due to the phenomenon, according to MOP reports.

Sedimentation of the La Villa river basin is also seeping into the suction pumps of the Rufina Alfaro water treatment plant, leaving damage to the pumping equipment of the plant that supplies drinking water to more than 45,000 people.

Abilio Barrios, director of the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (Idaan), in Los Santos, reported that the erosion has is filled the riverbed in the intake, which allows the sediment into between where are the pumping equipment is installed.

Every time you have to clean the suction well to avoid the accumulation of sediment; in the rainy season once a week and during the dry season once a month, causing wear of the, bronze gears, and steel shafts.

In the lower basin of the La Villa river, the channel has been diverted as a result of the erosion that is destroying the riverbank.

The La Villa river basin currently records 65% deforestation, according to the Ministry of the Environment (Mi Ambiente) in the region.

One of the biggest problems is the sedimentation caused by erosion caused by deforestation, which is losing flow because the water does not filter and drain.



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12,000 seedlings to  revive devasted forestland


Posted 12/05/2019

Over 12,000 seedlings of native trees have germinated and will be planted to revive the forest cover of the middle basin of the La Villa River, in  Azuero which has been devastated by decades of felling and burning.

Moisés Barría, head of the government Environment agency  MiAmbiente in Macaracas,  said that the trees, guachapelí, corotú, cocobolo, guabita, bitter cedar, cedar Espino, and other native species of the region are among those to be planted.

Additionally, there are 2,000  coffee seedlings to plant in this period. 

In the middle basin of the La Villa, there are planted about 12 hectares of four varieties of coffee and there are the first 48 saplings of flying trees, used to make marjoram. 

The objective is to conserve native timber species and legumes in danger of extinction.



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