REN planted around 54,000 native trees over a total area of 190 ha, in Castelo Branco district. This initiative continues REN's series of reforestation actions throughout the country. Around 30,000 stone pines, 22,000 cork oaks, and 1,000 strawberry trees were planted as well as smaller numbers of holm oaks and chestnut trees. These trees will make a key contribution to restoring ecosystems and local biodiversity.
REN wants to promote, through these initiatives, the creation of a sustainable ecosystem and encourage more active intervention by landowners on their land. This will, in turn, result in better management of the protective corridors, prevention of forest fires and the creation of economic value for landowners. More initiatives are planned for other parts of the country in the future.
REN is one of the companies that most contributes to the recovery of native forest in Portugal. It has already planted 535,000 trees between 2010 and 2015 and expects to reach one million trees between 2018 and 2019. It is a member of Movimento ECO - Empresas Contra os Fogos (Companies against Fires), a civil association supported by the Portuguese government which relies on the engagement of companies. The association's aim is to help prevent forest fires and raise public awareness of high-risk behaviour.
These initiatives fall within the scope of the company's sustainability strategy, which rests on three cornerstones: stakeholders' engagement and satisfaction, promotion of internal well-being and environmental protection.