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Hundreds of ‘in the way’ trees replanted in urban Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Nearly 300 Playa del Carmen trees have been moved rather than cut down over the past year. The relocation project is part of the city’s restoration program between citizens and the municipality.

Lucely Ramos Montejo, the Director of Environmental Management and Climate Change, said trees that are in the way are conditioned to be moved rather than destroyed.

She says the person making the removal request pays a small part of the relocation cost. This system helps save large trees from being killed. Large inner city trees that need to be removed are relocated to urban areas of the city.

“These are projects of the Management Directorate. When a taxpayer requests these permits to remove a tree, they are conditioned (trimmed and cleaned) so that instead of being cut down as such, they are relocated,” she explained.

This tree restoration program is added the rehabilitation project of the central median, where hotels and companies such as Xcaret have joined to rehabilitate their fronts in the federal zone.

Hundreds of 'in the way' trees replanted in urban Playa del Carmen
Trees deemed in the way are relocated to urban areas of Playa del Carmen.

Some of the unwanted trees are moved to highway medians between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, while others are replanted in neighborhoods such as Villas del Sol where five schools participate in the relocation of ceibas.