So said Jean Giono about his short story, The Man Who PlantedTrees. It is the story of a quiet, lonely shepherd who decides tomake the arid valley he lives in more pleasant by planting trees, ahundred a day, over a period of thirty years. The forest flourishes,people gradually return to the long-abandoned hamlets andvillages and the valley enjoys a new lease on life. The Man WhoPlanted Trees was written in 1953. It is a touching, delicate tale justa few pages long, a thumbnail sketch of man and his relationshipwith nature, so generous when respected.
Unfortunately reality tells a very different tale, one of years ofdeforestation and of forests, a vital resource for our planet,eternally endangered.
Only a few months ago the Brazilian government denounced ahuge new upsurge in indiscriminate deforestation. While waitingfor the machinery of the law to come up with more restrictivelegislation to safeguard the Amazon Basin, the governmentappears to be considering the use of hi-tech solutions to fightthe problem, dusting off a project to employ drones they firstexperimented with in 2009-2010 and subsequently shelved.Despite Brazil being one of the first countries in the world to usesatellite tracking to spot deforestation, the communities in theAmazon Basin might find it easier and quicker to map the territoryactively by using drones. This would make monitoring respect forthe legal requirement to maintain 80% forest cover on any landowned easier and allow faster intervention to block abuse.
Although the satellite systems act as a “global sentinel” againstdeforestation, action is also needed on the ground to make goodthe damage done.
Paghera, a company that has always been sensitive toenvironmental issues, has stepped in personally to help out, witha project to regenerate 50,000 hectares of forest. And it was whileworking here that Paghera met a missionary priest who had beenworking in the vast forest for years and helped him to get a projectto help poor people off the ground. A farming project that didn’trequire the felling of even a single tree and is 100% eco-friendly.
From Brazil to the paradise of Santo Domingo is just a short hop,skip and a jump. Here the Paghera Group helped create a lowimpacttourist complex where you can see, touch, smell and eventaste the care that has been taken and the respect for nature.From the materials used to every plant chosen or wall painted,every single tiny gesture that goes into creating a large complex isliving proof that every Paghera project shows how you can createenvironments that only add to the sum of beauty of the whole. Again for nature, rather than a loss.

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