Several months after the terrible fires that ravaged Kabylia and the Aures last summer, Algeria is mobilizing to regreen the country with the help of public, private and associative actors.
The mountainous region of northern Algeria was significantly affected last August by a series of dramatic fires with a severe human and material toll. Thousands of hectares of forests, scrubland and orchards went up in smoke, which should now be restored through ambitious reforestation operations that will be launched in the coming weeks.
For example, on the occasion of the International Day of Forests on March 21, General Emballage, a leading Algerian industrial player, is sponsoring a major reforestation operation at the Tizi-N-Chrea Pass, one of the peaks of the Djurdjura massif, the backbone of the Kabylie region.
The other organizations involved abound in various horizons. Thus, the association SOS Environment and Animals, the direction of forests of the wilaya of Bejaia, or public agencies such as town halls, will undertake, from March 18, to plant more than a thousand maples and cedars.
A national will
This is not the only region in which the Algerian people are mobilizing for the environment because in parallel, in Khenchela, some 500 kilometers east of Algiers, will take place another large-scale greening operation in an area that has seen a little more than 10,000 hectares of forest ravaged in the space of two weeks. This operation, financed by the National Fund for Rural Development (FNDR), aims to plant a little more than one million seedlings with the assistance of the forestry services of the wilaya (these Algerian regions), youth groups and local environmental associations.
Note that since October 25, National Tree Day, more than 4,000 trees have already been planted in the localities of Tamza and Ain Mimoun, which had been at the heart of the disasters of last summer. In addition, dozens of other operations of this kind are planned until the end of spring.