CONFINOR al rescate de la Flora asociada a terrenos del proyecto

CONFINOR S.A to the rescue of the Flora associated to the project´s land

CONFINOR S.A in its commitment to the environment, introduces good environmental practices in the region of Atacama.

Among the objectives of the work developed by CONFINOR S.A in the region, it is the mitigation of environmental impact, in this context CONFINOR S.A gives the first step and together with a group of specialists headed by biologist and environmental consultant Hector Oyarzo, the work of rescuing the Flora and Fauna associated with the project´s land has started.

This Rescue Plans are designed and implemented with the objective of saving, in its biological integrity, species of Flora and Vegetation or of Wildlife.
The plan to rescue the Flora, was applied on the subspecies of cactus Eulychnia acida var. elata, which presents problems for Conservation, at the level of subspecies or variety, described in the Vulnerable category, and the species Eryoscice kunzei, which was discovered and registered during the rescue operations of Eulychnia acida var. Elata.

First an environmental assessment of the radication field was made, that is where the species will be transplanted, the site where the species inhabit (or of eradication) and the site of settelment must possess the same characteristics of habitat and ecotopes, to ensure that eradicated flora will find conditions, of development, similar to those which the site of Eradication had.

The techniques used in the eradication and location of the species were as follows: 
Eradication with Cepello, or remove the plants with the greatest possible amount of soil adhered to its root system or of cladiodos roots, is essential if the specimen are of major proportions and therefore old.

Obtaining shoots, they were recollected from all theshoots of Eulychnia acida var elata, which were located, extracting them with root ball, considering as shoots those specimens seen as having a height of 8 cm., Up to 57 cm.

They then proceeded to the location of species, the specimens were located, or relocated in the area of Location of Flora and Vegetation , situated in the Area of Indirect Influence of the Project. 

Each specimen was noted with a small stake, near its base.

The monitoring of the rescue plan will be carried out for four quarters, beginning within three months of relocating the specimens, period in which cladiodos or cutting might have rooted.

Each assessment will be communicated to the relevant services, environmentally, and through CONAMA. 
It is expected that by the end of the last quarter, the entire population of specimens relocated are in full development.

It was also made a collection of Underground Structures of Development, in the case of those species that by lack of rainfall, are in recess beneath the earth, specifically the structural components of the Flowery Desert, it was considered the pickup of those structures like tuberous stems, bulbs and rhizomes. 

The pickup was done, consisting in the sieving of the substrate with less than 30 cm., of depth, in the non rocky areas and that could present favorable substrate for the development of the ephemeral.
At last a Collection of Germplasm was made, it consists in rescuing the seeds of the plants have completed their period of flowering and fruiting, and was conducted during the action for the eradication of the specimens. 

All of it was dispersed randomly in areas of Llano Seco


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