Restoring forests and landscapes in the Mediterranean is essential to fight climate change, health threats and disasters.
We have already planted 47 million trees in the Mediterranean with a United Nations campaign.
We will now restore 10 priority sites from the south of Spain to the French Riviera including the Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean, in Andalusia, protected by the United Nations (UNESCO).
2.5 million trees to plant. 3,400 hectares to restore.
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Mediterranean Green Belt
We have launched the Mediterranean Green Belt to restore degraded forests and landscapes throughout the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean Green Belt supports the commitment of Mediterranean countries to restore 8 million hectares of degraded forests and landscapes before 2030. 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 in 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 is urgent
Known for its natural beauty, the Mediterranean region is the most visited region of the world. 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 and landscapes reduces the impact of climate change and brings life to a global ecosystem with vegetation, animals, soil and atmosphere. Healthy forests and landscapes absorb more CO2 from the atmosphere and are less afflicted by fires and diseases. Restoring forests and landscapes helps increase rainfall in drought-stricken inland and coastal areas, improve the quality and quantity of groundwater, prevent soil erosion and reduce local temperatures.
What we do
Depending on the needs of each area, restoration can consist of planting trees, helping natural regeneration after fires, stopping desertification and erosion, fighting pests, recovering degraded soils and protecting biodiversity. The selection of areas to restore and the assessment of the necessary restorations are decided in close collaboration with the forestry service of each region. The restoration and maintenance work is carried out by workers close to the area, thus reducing the environmental impact of displacement, promoting local employment and establishing a closer link with the population.
Arboreal is a non-profit organization. We carry out restoration projects with large-scale impact to 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 UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and the measures taken by the European Union to achieve land degradation neutrality by 2030.
You can help from €1.
Each square meter you help restore brings nature back to life and protects the climate.