Respect for the natural environment and the conservation of biodiversity in the areas where we perform our activity has always been one of our main concerns. Proof of this commitment is the “La Atalaya Endesa Wood”, focused on the ecological forest rehabilitation of land affected by forest fires by means of direct seeding techniques and the planting of indigenous forest species.
This is the first forest rehabilitation programme within the Spanish energy sector to be included in the National Registry of Carbon Footprint, Offsetting and Carbon Dioxide Absorption projects at the Spanish Climate Change Office [Oficina Española de Cambio Climático (OECC)] belonging to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAMA) in its “sinks” section.
The fire, one of the largest and most destructive suffered by the Community of Madrid in its entire history, occurred in 2012 in the municipality of Valdemaqueda; almost 2,000 hectares burned, the “Santa Catalina” mountain being reduced to ashes and leaving several endangered species without their habitat, such as the Iberian imperial eagle, the black vulture and the black stork.
In this light the “Endesa Wood” was born, with the aim of rehabilitating approximately 20 hectares, thus recovering the affected surroundings in the Valdemaqueda and Robledo area. This will be possible thanks to seeding techniques and the planting of indigenous forest species (such as holm oaks, stone pines, pyrenean oaks, ash, willow and arbutus or strawberry trees) so as to enable a guaranteed gradual recovery of the area as time passes. This procedure also helps create more complex forests that will provide refuge for a greater number of animal species.