In 2023, the island of Tenerife and its inhabitants were hit by one of the most catastrophic wildfires of the last four decades. With more than 15,000 hectares razed to the ground,thousands of people evacuated, and a range of ecosystems severely affected, the impact of the forest fire has been devastating.
However, we are convinced that both our natural areas and our communities will overcome this tragedy and emerge stronger if we all join forces.
It is in this spirit of resilience and cooperation that the innovative “Tenerife Totems” project was created, with the aim of involving the population in the post-fire forest regeneration process.
To this end, 20 wooden poles (“totems”) have been placed on trails, tracks and strategic viewpoints in areas affected by the fire. These totems act as a support for capturing photographs in a participatory and ongoing visual record of how the recovery process is progressing.
Do you want to be part of the “Totems” project?
Just place your mobile phone on the totem, take a photo and share it on social networks with the hashtag of that location or upload it to the project website through this link.
Collecting images taken from the same position over time – thanks to the participation of all – will enable forestry experts to assess the post-fire recovery of our natural areas and share the results of this cooperative study on social media.
Where are the totems?
You can find more information and the location of the totems by visiting Tenerife Totems.
This public-private partnership approach has the support and cooperation of the Tenerife Island Council and of private companies, demonstrating the joint commitment to environmental restoration and social engagement on the island.
Thus, the “Tenerife Totems” project not only focuses on forest restoration, but also on the involvement of the public in the process with a view to promoting environmental education and raising awareness of the importance of preserving our valuable ecosystems.
Do you want to become an active agent in the rehabilitation of our forests? Then join the “Tenerife Totems” project, visit the locations, and share your photo. Thank you on behalf of everyone!