The Line 1 Quito Metro Consortium, comprising ACCIONA companies, took part in the reforestation day organised by the Quito Metro Metropolitan Public Company on 19 September.The Consortium planted 80 trees along the Quebrada Ortega ravine on the southern side of the city as part of this initiative, which was supported by the Development Bank of Latin America to mark its 50th anniversary.
The trees were all from native species such as Pin Cherries, “Laurel de cera”, Needle-leafed Daisy, Holywood, Alder, Guaba, “Yalomán” and Pink Fringetree, among others.
The Line 1 Consortium has been carrying out significant tree replanting work since February with the aim of replacing more than 2,000 trees that were affected along the metro line project.Of these 2,000 trees, more than 95% were non-native or exotic.
The “Volunteer - Plant a tree!” internal campaign seeks to involve project personnel in planting these trees and to raise awareness about the importance of restoring the natural environment in urban areas to improve residents’ quality of life.It also looking to promote the creation of friendly spaces for future urban birdwatching.
Similar tree planting activities have also been carried out in other ravine areas involving numerous Consortium employees, in addition to the reforestation day held on 19 September.
Some 1,352 native trees have already been planted thanks to these types of activities, most notably in Bicentenary Park where 1,203 specimens have been added.These actions have a positive impact on the environment and the city, since many trees cannot be replaced in the same locations where they are removed due to technical or space limitations at the sites where the metro stations are now located.
The construction project for Line 1 of the Quito Metro is currently 86% complete and in its final stages with architectural finishes and electromechanical installations.