Mediterranean Green Belt
We have already planted 47 million trees and restored 75,000 hectares in the Mediterranean with a United Nations campaign. We now need to restore 10 burnt or degraded areas, from the south of Spain to the French Riviera including the Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean, in Andalusia.
3 million trees must be planted. 9000 hectares of forest must be restored.
Your financial help is essential. You can restore Mediterranean forests from 1€. Each euro helps bring nature back to life.
Mediterranean Green Belt
We have launched the Mediterranean Green Belt to restore degraded forests throughout the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean Green Belt is carried out with the technical collaboration of the environmental services of the coastal regions, the Balearic Islands and the French National Forest Office. The Mediterranean Green Belt will represent the largest green infrastructure of southern Europe. It currently extends from the south of Spain to the French Riviera, near Italy, and will include other Mediterranean countries.
Restoring the Mediterranean forests is urgent
The Mediterranean is the most visited region of the world. Yet it is also a region that suffers the most from climate change. Temperatures have increased by 1.3 °C, more than 20% compared to the rest of the world. Sea level has already risen by 6 cm and will rise by 50 cm before 2100. Desertification is turning whole regions into desert. 95% of fires in Europe take place in the Mediterranean. One in five animal species is threatened with extinction. The olive trees that give their oil to the world will be gone in 100 years.
A sustainable Mediterranean
Restoring Mediterranean forests reduces the impact of climate change and brings life to a global ecosystem with vegetation, animals, soil and atmosphere. Healthy forests and landscapes are less afflicted by fires and diseases, absorb more CO2 from the atmosphere, reduce local temperatures, prevent soil erosion, improve the quality and quantity of groundwater and increase rainfall in drought-stricken inland and coastal areas.
What we do
Depending on the needs of each area, we plant trees, help natural regeneration after fires, reestablish soil vegetation, take action against erosion, fight pests and protect biodiversity. The selection of areas to be restored and the assessment of the necessary works are decided in close collaboration with the forest service of each region. Restoration and maintenance work is carried out by workers from the region, thus promoting local employment, establishing a closer link with the local population and reducing the environmental impact of travel.
We carry out large-scale restoration projects, with strong ecological impact, which contribute to international environmental efforts, in particular the UN Declaration calling for the restoration of 350 million hectares of degraded forests and landscapes by 2030, the commitment of Mediterranean countries to restore 8 million hectares of degraded land and the measures taken by the European Union to achieve land degradation neutrality by 2030.
Protecting nature is essential to fight climate change, health threats and disasters
You can help from €1.
Each square meter you help restore brings nature back to life and protects the climate.