FUENGIROLA’S Council has teamed up with La Caixa bank’s social work team to put on an exhibition, entitled El Bosque (the woods), on the importance of conserving ecosystems.
The display, which runs until September 12 on the town’s promenade, includes examples of Spain’s main tree species, as well as their ecology and relationship with humans, in addition to presenting five of the most unique trees from the Iberian peninsula.
Ana Mata, vice president of the Provincial Council and deputy mayor of Fuengirola, teamed up with Rodrigo Romero, Councillor for Culture, to attend the launch of the educational exhibit, alongside Juan Carlos Martin, Area Director of Caixa Bank, and Francisco Javier Gomez, curator of the display.
Ana Mata commented, “Fuengirola is a cultural hotspot in the summer season and this exhibit increases our offering, providing a new leisure activity which is aimed not only at children but also at adults.” She thanked the work of La Caixa, adding “Fuengirola has organised another summer activity which will be useful for the municipality’s school children over the holidays, as well as locals and tourists.”
Juan Carlos Martin explained, “our foundation is committed to paying back what we get from society in the form of cultural and social contributions and that is what we are doing here today. This exhibition combines science, education and social work”
Francisco Javier Gomez added “we have been told Fuengirola is a fashionable destination and we welcome this type of environmental initiative which will reach as many people as possible, so we can make them aware of the importance of conserving ecosystems.”
Spain has 14,732,247 hectares of wooded area out of a total area of 50,595,505 hectares of country, with forests representing 29% of Spain’s surface area. The forest is not a set of trees, but instead complex ecosystem, where the different elements that form it, including trees, shrubs, animals, fungi, and bacteria, play a fundamental role and are closely related to one another. As a component of the biosphere, woods fulfila number of fundamental ecological functions.