Sierra Plan reports on progress in ecological and social planning

In compliance with the mission that the Dominican State delegates to Plan Sierra to sustainably cover soils with the objective of storing water, the Board of Directors, chaired by Mr. Manuel A. Grullón, reported that in the year 2022 2.3 million were planted of trees in 24,836 tasks.

These reforested lands generate environmental services, increase resilience to the impacts of climate change, and provide income to mountain families.

Specifically, during the past year, 20,000 tasks were reforested with forest and broadleaf plantations, 4,548 tasks with shaded coffee and 288 tasks with macadamia and fruit trees.

Established plantations, on average, will eliminate 580,000 tons of CO2 per year from the atmosphere, contributing to the reduction of global warming, and will make it possible to naturally store 1,522 million gallons of water per year.

During 2022, the Board of Directors of Plan Sierra explained that the production capacity of plants in nurseries was increased, from 2 million to 3.5 million per year, establishing new nurseries in Los Montones, Santiago province; La Leonor, in Santiago Rodríguez, and working together with the General Directorate of Border Development in a nursery in the municipality of Partido, Dajabón province.


Likewise, plant transport capacities were expanded, with which the Sierra Plan is negotiating and acquiring land with mountain families to establish new plantations of coffee, fruit and macadamia forests in 40,000 tasks during this 2023.

The Sierra Plan continues to support and strengthen the actors in its territory of intervention, for which it accompanies dozens of producer associations, rural aqueduct administrators, development associations and small cooperatives. Last year three aqueducts were completed that guarantee water in the homes of more than 600 families.

It also made alliances and joint work agreements with public and private entities that join the mission of Plan Sierra, such as: the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), the General Directorate of Border Development, the Popular Foundation, the Fondo Agua Yaque del Norte, COOPASMULSI, the German Confederation of Cooperatives and AIRAC, the National Meteorological Office, the International Foundation of the Starbucks company, the Latin American Center for Agroecological Research (CELIA), directed by Dr. Miguel Altieri, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, among others.

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The financial statements for the year were reported, audited by the firm KPMG, which issued an unqualified opinion and certified that the net assets of the Sierra Plan at the end of the year increased by RD$35.86 million.

The Ordinary Annual Assembly was held in person at the Los Montones Research and Training Center, with the broad participation of its members, who expressed a high appreciation of the work carried out by the Board of Directors and its specialized committees, which were re-elected by two additional periods, until May 2025.

The assembly members approved the admission of 15 new members to the Sierra Plan: seven municipal districts of the intervention area of ​​the Sierra Plan, the individual leaders of the Sierra, Messrs. Iluminada Severino and Víctor Tolentino, the leaders of the lower basin and water users, Messrs. Raquel Minier. , Félix Muñoz, Elnio Durán, current ambassador to England, and

Juan Manuel Portela, and individually Raquel Peña, Vice President of the Republic, and Daniel Rivera, Minister of Public Health.

Likewise, they agreed on the start of a specific strategic plan with the Dominican state, private sector actors (especially, landowners in the highest areas) and civil society.

This seeks to establish goals to reduce the challenges that limit the progress of reforestation and the care of already established plantations, such as the relocation of mountain livestock, the guarantee of sustainable forest management, the continuous strengthening of organic coffee farming. and exportable and the transformation to organic of the production of limes and lemons in the Sierra.

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