Launch reforestation project Waterboxx in Zaragoza

By: Transfer Consultancy

On the 3rd of June 2010 Groasis Spain & Transfer LBC launched a new reforestation project with the Groasis Waterboxx in San Mateo de Gállego – Zaragoza. A broad number of people, including the Mayor of San Mateo de Gállego, mayors of other municipalities in the region and several technicians interested in innovative technological solutions for the agricultural sector attended the event.

During the official part of the event speakers as Pieter Hoff (Inventor of the Groasis Waterboxx), Jesús Villagrasa (Mayor of San Mateo de Gállego), Eva Crespo (Secretaria General técnica de la Consejería de Agricultura del Gobierno de Aragón) and Sven Kallen (coordinator Groasis Spain en lead partner of the Life+ project "Green Deserts") all underlined the importance of the Waterboxx for Spain. 

During his presentation Jesús Villagrasa stressed the value of reforestation for Spanish municipalities. In his opinion The Groasis Waterboxx has high ecological as well as high economical value. Reforestation leads to restoration of nature and could also lead to more “green employment” in Spain. This green employment can be a contribution to improve the current economical situation and the high unemployment rate in Spain

Pieter Hoff mentioned in his presentation that: “A day like today shows that the Groasis Waterboxx not only is an innovation on paper, but in reality can contribute to a revolution in Spain, economically as well as ecologically”.

Eva Crespo, from her position as technical agriculture board of Aragon, focussed on the high value of the Groasis Waterboxx for Aragon that is effected by drought and desertification. As an example she mentioned the contribution that the Waterboxx can have in reforesting large parts of the area Los Monegros. This region suffers from high summer temperatures, forest fires and extreme droughts and is now known as Europe´s largest desert.

Besides the presentations during the ceremony a contract between the municipality San Mateo de Gállego and Transfer Latin Business Consultancy was signed. This contract confirms the participation of the municipality in the Life+ program that will start in September. Sven Kallen, coordinator of the Life + project, indicated that Life + is an important incentive for the development of a green economy for Spain. He expects that the project, which will take place in 5 different regions in Spain, will create broad positive effects for the participating parties.

After the official part of the event, three trees were planted symbolically with the Groasis Waterboxx. For the planting of the trees Pieter Hoff was assisted by more than 20 children. These children surprised the public with their enthusiasm for trees and nature. Their presence at the event underlined the urgency for reforestation of Spain and shows that taken should be taken to assure a green Spain for the next generations.

This article about the event was published in the Spanish press. If you want to know more about the Life + projects or the Groasis Waterboxx, please don´t hesitate to contact us.