PSD deputies sent a question to the Government this Thursday to be informed of the amount invested during the year 2022 and what is the planned forestry plan for Pinhal de Leiria.
In a question addressed to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Action, the deputies question the amount invested in 2022 and in previous years in reforestation actions and recovery of the forest heritage of the Mata Nacional de Leiria, also identified by Pinhal de Leiria or by Pinhal do Rei, which burned down in October 2017.
The Social Democrats also want to know if the budgeted amounts were fully implemented, which area was intervened in natural regeneration and in forest plantations and what plan is planned to expand the primary forest defense network against fires in Pinhal de Leiria.
The request for information extends to the plan provided for in the Forest Management Plan.
The deputies recall that the Mata Nacional de Leiria was destroyed in more than 86% of its area by forest fire.
“After the devastation of more than 9 thousand hectares, caused by the forest fire of 2017, the Government promised a total recovery of the natural heritage of the Pinhal de Leiria, through sowing or planting, and the natural regeneration of the forest stand. several statements by members of the Government, also assuming a diversification of forest species in Pinhal do Rei in the future”, reads the document sent to the Assembly of the Republic.
The PSD also understands that the “recovery of the Mata Nacional de Leiria continued at a slower pace than initially planned and desirable” and that the “amount invested annually seems to be far below what is desirable for an effective recovery”.
“Although the PSD insisted on an increase of 3.5 million euros compared to that provided for in the 2022 State Budget law for forestry actions that allow reforestation and the success of natural regeneration in Pinhal de Leiria, the proposal was rejected, being only committed an investment of 1.5 million euros, in 2022 in the Mata Nacional de Leiria”, point out the deputies, considering that it is “manifestly little”.
In another document, the Social Democrats also question the Government about the “opening of a new tender for the attribution of a Sponsorship Contract that makes it possible to reassess the funds allocated to schools in the Leiria region, in the variant of specialized artistic teaching of music, dance and theater, with effect for the academic years from 2022-2023 to 2027-2028, as requested by the mayors of the Leiria region”, and that “financial means will be made available to avoid the financial asphyxia of artistic education schools in the different regimes “.
These questions arise in the wake of the “recent publication of the provisional list of the tender for funding specialized artistic education”, which “has confirmed the worst fears regarding the undervaluation of entities that in previous contests have not yet been the object of funding”.
“The distribution of 108 funding slots, made available in this competition for the region of the Intermunicipal Community of Leiria, is frankly insufficient to keep up with the demand for artistic education and the dynamism of the various schools that have developed and projected artistic and cultural activities of relief”, adds the PSD.