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Theopeptou: There is an immediate need for anti-corrosion measures after the fires

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equipment, which he used, for example, in the restoration of the Asbestos area in Troodos” notes the MP. < p >It is urgent to design and implement anti-corrosion measures, after the fires, says the MP of the Environmental Movement – Citizens' Cooperation, Mr. Charalambos Theopeptou, in order to protect the seeds and achieve the restoration of the recently burned areas.

“The Forestry Department has equipment, which it used for example in the remediation of the Asbestos area in Troodos” notes the MP.

Read the written statement of the MP of the Environmentalists Movement – Citizens' Cooperation Mr. Charalambos Theopeptou:

We are a country that now often sees fires in the countryside and in our forests and scientists have been warning us for more than 15 years, that the extension of summer by two months due to climate change, combined with increased temperatures, sharply increase the chances of fires, and even large ones – Megafires.

In addition to measures to prevent and respond to a fire, measures to protect the soil and ensure the ability of the soil to regenerate after a fire are equally important.

< p >In nature, the soil is not compacted like e.g. on a dirt road that cars pass by and that's why it has the important advantage that when it rains, the rainwater can easily be absorbed by the ground and even deep. It is this increase in subsoil moisture that gives life to the vegetation to last until the next rains.

Very often we hear the raindrops falling with force and hear a characteristic sound when it rains. But when outside in nature the raindrops fall with force, either the vegetation on the ground, or the leaves of the trees, remove its energy and it falls gently on the ground.

But if we have rains after a fire where the grasses and trees were burnt, there is now nothing to stop the force of the raindrops from hitting the ground. But since the soil, as mentioned above, is not compressed or as we say in Cyprus it is “foamy”, it is easy for the rain to dig it up and carry it away with its flow elsewhere.

The big problem is that in the surface soil we have all the seeds of the trees, bushes and weeds and all these will be carried down by the rainwater or even small plants will be uprooted.

This will destroy any possibility of re-vegetation in this area.

That is why one of the most urgent matters that must be carried out quickly after a fire is the planning and execution of anti-corrosion measures before the next rains.

Anti-erosion measures include, among many others, the use of burnt tree trunks (logs, log nets) spread on the ground to stop the downward flow of rainwater, the use of branches and small stone embankments, the delay of water in streams and many other measures always based on the use of natural materials of the area.

This is one of the reasons why the burned materials must remain in the burned area since it is mainly with them that the anti-flood works are carried out.

Depending on the case and when the weather is suitable, the area can be helped to recover with tree planting and/or hydroseeding which can sprinkle large areas with seeds mixed in a specially prepared liquid to allow the seeds to grow easily after the first rains and protect them from birds and ants.

The Forestry Department has such equipment, which they used for example in the remediation of the Asbestos area in Troodos.

Another advantage of anti-corrosion works is that they prevent all this ash from reaching the water supply system. of the area and prevents the mud from creating problems in culverts and ditches below.

In order to do all this correctly and quickly, monitoring, staff training and the appropriate equipment are needed because without them desertification will accelerate of our place.

Source: politis.com.cy

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