Reforestation program is proposed for the “ABELARDO RODRÍGUEZ” dam in Tijuana

Mexicali, BC, Thursday, August 24, 2017.- In a press conference, Congressman Carlos Torres Torres announced that they will support Tijuana Innovadora‘s initiative to reforest the “Abelardo Rodríguez” damsurrounding areas, in order to prevent erosion, and preserve water storing capacity.

For this reason, the president of the Commission for Citizen Participation and Modernization of the Congress has called on the National Water Commission (Conagua) to join the “Green Tijuana” (Tijuana Verde) project as soon as possible and authorize the afforestation of this area.

Represetnative Carlos Torres Torres emphasized that climate change has had negative effects on the environment and mentioned that the year 2016 was declared as the hottest year in the history of the world by the World Meteorological Organization.

Presa Abelardo Rodriguez

He added that the majority of scientists worldwide agree that the main cause of the acceleration of global warming currently lies in human activity, such as deforestation due to immoderate felling, forest fires, the excesive exploitation of soils and the burning of fossil fuels that release large amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

He recalled that Baja California is very low precipitation region, so it depends for its survival of the flow of the Colorado River to fill up their existing dams.

The director of “Tijuana Verde,” Octavio López, mentioned that the World Health Organization has determined that there should be 9.2 square meters of green areas per inhabitant in a city, and that unfortunately is not the case for Tijuana, where the figure is 0.8 square meters of green area per inhabitant.

Reforestation Plan

He announced that, currently, Tijuana has a unique opportunity to double up the amount of green areas in a three-year period of time . Reforesting the areas surrounding the dam “Abelardo Rodríguez” is equivalent to the extension of almost 5 times the size of the Morelos Park.

During the presentation of the project, representative Carlos Torres was accompanied by the director of “Tijuana Verde”, Octavio López, as well as by Mónica Hernández “La Chula” and Iraís Vázquez Aguiar.

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