Help restore degraded landscapes and forestlands in the Mediterranean and fight climate change.
For a €1 donation you help restore one square meter of land.
Your donation will help restore 12 priority areas affected by fires and desertification, from the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, in the south of Spain, to the island Sainte-Marguerite facing the French Riviera town of Cannes. Your donation will help improve the natural environment of the Mediterranean and bring us all a step closer to protecting our climate.
We are creating the Mediterranean Green Belt, an important initiative to restore degraded landscapes and forestlands in the Mediterranean, one of the regions of the world that suffers the most from climate change.
We have already restored 60,000 hectares of land and planted more than 47 million trees.
THE UNITED NATIONS CALLS FOR RESTORING DEGRADED LAND TO HELP SAVE THE CLIMATE
The Mediterranean Green Belt answers the call of the United Nations to restore 350 million hectares of degraded landscapes and forestlands—equivalent to 6 times the size of France—by 2030. This would eliminate 5% of the world’s CO2 emissions from the atmosphere each year. It’s an unprecedented action to restore nature and fight climate change, the main threat to our welfare and the welfare of future generations. Everyone’s action is important to restore land and protect the climate.
Restoring is rebuilding the ecological integrity of degraded and deforested land with the plants, animals and micro-organisms that make up rich ecosystems. Where there are watersheds, restoration improves the quality and quantity of water that reaches our cities.
Restoration takes different forms: rehabilitating the soil, planting, maintaining trees, protecting young shoots born from natural regeneration, taking measures against fire (creating fringes of land without trees and paths with ditches), using silviculture treatments to keep the quality of forests, creating ecological corridors for the movement of species.
To qualify as a forest, the land must be more than 0.5 hectares (5,000 m²) with trees higher than 5 meters (or trees able to reach this height) covering more than 10% of the land.
Restorations are calculated per hectare (10,000m²). The cost of restoration varies according to the condition of the land, the accessibility, and the techniques used (work done by hand versus mechanization).
Restoration can be done throughout the year. However, planting is done mainly from early fall to early spring to take advantage of the rains and low temperatures to ensure the growth of young trees and protect them from water stress.
The absorption of CO2 (carbon dioxide) is achieved by the soil, the subsoil and the vegetation (trees and bushes). Absorption is higher in humid regions and lower in dry regions such as the Mediterranean. However, restoration is urgent in dry regions because of fires and the impact of climate change on the soil and vegetation.
By answering the call of the United Nations, you are participating in a global action to improve nature and protect the climate.