More than ever it is becoming necessary to create large-scale restoration projects in order to have a significant impact on ecosystems and the climate, locally and globally. It can be a massive restoration on large areas or the sum of smaller restorations in mosaic.

Our choice for large-scale restaurations became obvious when Wangari Maathai, an African woman, Nobel Peace Prize winner, received an offer from a company to plant 1 million trees. His answer was straightforward: “We need a billion trees.” With these words the United Nations Environment Program launched, in 2008, the billion tree campaign “Plant for the Planet”. Four years later, the result exceeded expectations: 12 billion trees planted.

With the United Nations Environment Program and Wangari Maathai we organized the campaign in Spain, the European country most affected by climate change due to its Mediterranean climate. Since then, we have restored more than 75,000 hectares–185,000 acres– of forest and planted 47 million trees, the largest plantation in the developed world after the United States.

The United Nations is now calling for restoring 350 million hectares of degraded forest and landscapes before 2030. More than 60 countries have already committed to participate and have implemented high impact projects including the restoration of 8 million hectares in the Mediterranean before 2030.

It is important that all those who cannot undertake major restorations alone participate in these crucial actions for nature and the climate. Such mobilization of citizens represents an essential force for the restoration of degraded lands and landscapes and the protection of climate. Such commitment from each of us reflects our responsibility towards the nature that sustains and enhances our everyday life.

HOW WE DO IT

We reforest desertified and burned land and create green infrastructure with a strong environmental impact.

The lands we reforest play an important role in the environmental balance. Forests aid in the fight against climate change by absorbing CO2 emissions and influencing local climate.

Reforestation reduces soil erosion caused by irregular and torrential rain, stops desertification, improves water flow and quality and protects biodiversity through habitat rehabilitation and ecological connectivity.

For an identical surface area—for example, 1 square mile—a forest releases more water to the atmosphere than the sea, hence the crucial role of forests for climate balance.

MAIN ACTIONS

Maintenance and improvement of vegetation and protection against fires
Enhancement of reforested land for public use with a network of pathways and informative sign posts

Preparation of the land

Following the preparation of the area, we reforest deforested, non-forested or partially forested land with native species.

Natural Distribution

We respect the natural distribution of the species. The planting density is between 300 and 500 trees per acre with a variety of tree species.

Planting season

The planting period is approximately from October to early March, depending on the region and temperatures.  Trees are usually one or two years old, and secured with stakes and protectors, if necessary.

Maintenance includes silvicultural treatments to strengthen the forest mass and prevent forest fires. We also enhance the forest path network to ensure conservation of the land and allow for recreational use.

SELECTION OF LAND

We reforest public land that has full environmental protection and restriction from a change of use under national, European and international laws.

Among other factors, we take into account the state of degradation or desertification, the progress of natural regeneration in the event of a fire and the environmental benefits the restoration will bring.

Arboreal calculates CO2 emissions absorption using the methodology provided by national institutions and in accordance with the guidelines established by the United Nations.