Together We Protect – Zoomarine

Shall we offer 42 000 more?

It is common knowledge that:
– if the air is polluted, it will help if we plant a tree;
– if the weather is too hot, it will help if we plant a tree;
– if the soils are degraded, it will help if we plant a tree;
– if the area is windy, it will help if we plant a tree;
– to protect our water resources, it will help if we plant a tree;
– if food is scarce, it will help if we plant a tree;
… and if so, we should never underestimate the importance of planting! And that’s why one of the most beautiful efforts to defend and promote our natural heritage is back – on the 6th and 7th of November we will, once again, get our hands on the ground for “OMV – Operação Montanha Verde”.

Yes, “Operação Montanha Verde” is back in the municipalities of the Algarve within the scope of the philosophy “Together We Protect”. Between 09:30 and 12:00 of these two mornings, we will witness the planting of about 42,000 plant specimens offered by Zoomarine.
From 2019 edition’s 4 174 volunteers, we hope to welcome back this year, the many hundreds of volunteers whose hearts aim to protect our delicate ecosystems.

This citizenship and social responsibility action started in 2016, after the devastating Monchique fires. Since then, and for one or two mornings of
November, including this year, more than 126,000 plants have been offered – from which 100,000 specimens of about 60 species planted with the
generous and fortunate help of 11,000 volunteers.

In 2022, eight municipalities will partner with OMV-22: Silves, Loulé, Portimão, São Brás de Alportel, Olhão, Faro, Castro Marim and Lagos; several entities join in: Zoomarine, University of Algarve, Instituto de Conservação da Natureza e Florestas IP, Portuguese Environmental Agency IP, Algarve Tourism Region, CCDRAlg (Europe Direct), Portuguese Institute of Sport and Youth IP, ALGAR SA, Águas
do Algarve SA, Regional Delegation for Education in the Algarve, and Olimar Reisen – all united for the defense and promotion of ours and our Environment’s Future.

We are aware that this annual supply of a few tens of thousands of plants will not change the world… But we are convinced that the many hundreds of people who will join efforts, emotions and their hands to protect our Algarve will carry that will in their hearts – and this is how the Planet and our Society is changed for the better. Yes, because… Together We Protect!

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