Help restore forestland in the Mediterranean
ANSWER THE UNITED NATIONS CALL FOR CLIMATE
The United Nations is calling for the restoration of 350 million hectares of degraded landscapes and forestlands—equivalent to 6 times the size of France—by 2030. This unprecedented restoration of nature would effectively fight climate change, the main threat to our welfare and the welfare of future generations.
HELP REFOREST THE MEDITERRANEAN
The Mediterranean Green Belt represents an important initiative to answer the UN call and restore land in the Mediterranean, a region of the world that suffers the most from climate change.
We have already restored more than 60,000 hectares of land and planted 47 million trees with the UN.
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We will now restore priority areas, from the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, south of Spain, to the island Sainte-Marguerite facing the French Riviera town of Cannes. Your participation will help the natural environment of the Mediterranean and bring us all a step closer to protecting our climate.
Restoring degraded and deforested land is creating a living space for nature. A living space that also protects ours by all the resources that nature gives us.
Restoring is rebuilding the ecological integrity of degraded and deforested land, with the plants, animals and micro-organisms that make up the richness of ecosystems. Where there are watersheds, restoration improves the quality and quantity of water that reaches our cities.
Restoration takes different forms: rehabilitation of the soil, planting, maintenance of trees, protecting young shoots born of the natural regeneration, establishing measures against fire (fringe of land without trees, paths with ditches), silvicultural treatments to keep the quality of forests, creation of 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 covering more than 10% of the land, or trees able to reach this height.
Restorations are calculated per hectare (10,000m²). The cost of restorations varies according to the condition of the land, the accessibility, the techniques employed (work done by hand, mechanization)…
Restoration can be done throughout the year. However, the planting work is 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, bushes…). The absorption capacity is calculated per area over a period of typically 20 to 50 years. Absorption is higher in humid regions and lower in Mediterranean climate regions (Mediterranean, California…) where restorations nonetheless are urgent because of fires and the impact of climate change on soil and vegetation.
By answering the call of the United Nations you are participating in a global action for nature.