Creation of a Steering Commitee for the reforestation of Rapa Nui
2 July 2013
In the presence of Francine Cousteau, President of The Cousteau Society, Executive Director Eduardo Vial of CONAF and Aida Baldini Forest Manager at CONAF, a Steering Committee was established for the project of ecological restoration of Easter Island. The creation of this working group is one of the first stages of the project, after the cooperation agreement between CONAF and The Cousteau Society was signed on April 17th.
The initiative includes an important component of environmental education and communication, and aims to involve local people in the preservation of their land and coastline.
The Committee provided a technical team with guidelines. The technical team is composed of a multidisciplinary group of Chilean and foreign professionals and will be responsible for the implementation of various activities.
CONAF will be responsible for the technical aspects of reforestation and soil restoration, and the Cousteau Society will be responsible for activities related to environmental education, communication and awareness at local, national and international level.
On this occasion, the Executive Director of CONAF, Eduardo Vial said that the activities on the island will allow to reach a balance that will benefit not only to the environment but also to local communities.
Francine Cousteau added that one of the fundamental pillars for the success of this project is to raise awareness and educate the local community and the thousands of visitors which come to Easter Island, attracted by its natural and cultural beauty.