THE MEDITERRANEAN GREEN BELT

We are creating the Mediterranean Green Belt, the largest green infrastructure in southern Europe. The Mediterranean Green Belt extends from the south of Spain to the French Riviera. It will include other Mediterranean countries. We have reforested several areas near Tarifa, Malaga, Almería, Alicante, Valencia, Tarragona, Barcelona, Ibiza and Mallorca.  We are now planning to reforest 10 more priority areas in the south of France and along the Spanish coast. A total of 1.3 million trees to plant on 1,480 hectares.

FRANCE

5 burned areas to restore in Var, south of France:  area of Artigues/Rians/Seillons, area of Montfort, area of Bormes-les-Mimosas/Lavandou, area of Fréjus and area of Estérel near the French Riviera town of Cannes. The reforestation work will be carried out with the technical collaboration of the French National Forests Office.

SPAIN

 5 areas to restore, along the Spanish coast and the Balearic islands. These areas are affected par fires, deforestation and desertification, The Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean, in Andalusia, near Marbella, is one of the priority areas for restoration. The Reserve is fully protected by the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO). It suffered an important fire. The restoration work will be carried out with the technical collaboration of the forest service of each region.

We evaluate the burned soil, select the species to be planted and the number of trees to plant per hectare. The entire process, including the planting itself, is carried out with the public services in charge of forests.

Burned land near the Mediterranean is one of our main priorities. We need to protect and complement the natural regeneration, offset the CO2 emitted into the atmosphere due to wildfires, reduce the risk of wildfires, and reduce the intensity and reach of new fires.

We reforest Mediterranean lands of high ecological value:
UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, Sites of Community Importance (SCIs), Special Protection Areas for Wild Birds (SPAs) and Special Areas of Conservation (SACs), as well as other areas protected under European and international laws.

Our goals are:

Restoring of deforested, desertified, and burned land

Protecting ecosystems and biodiversity

Improving soil and water resources

Preventing fire and erosion

Promoting sustainable development

Creating green jobs

Restoration of deforested, desertified and burned land will help increase rainfall throughout the Mediterranean coast and inland areas that suffer from drought.