MEDITERRANEAN GREEN BELT

We have already restored 75,000 hectares–185,000 acres–and planted 47 million trees in the Mediterranean.
We will now restore 10 new sites along the Mediterranean coast of Spain and France.
Including the Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean, near Malaga.
A total of 3,400 hectares–8,500 acres–to restore and 2.5 million trees to plant.

SPAIN

 Spain is the country in Europe that suffers the most from climate change, desertification and devastating forest fires. We will restore 4 zones along the Mediterranean coast, from south to north, and 1 zone on the island of Mallorca. The Mediterranean Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve, in Andalusia, near Marbella (Malaga) is a priority area for large-scale restoration. We will restore 3,000 hectares–7,400 acres–and plant 2.3 million trees.

The Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean is one of the most important biosphere reserves in the world. It extends from Andalusia to the north of Morocco and includes the Strait of Gibraltar. The area north of Marbella of the Biosphere Reserve—province of Malaga—has suffered an important fire and desertification is progressing. The soil has difficulty recovering and animal life is still disrupted. It is difficult to walk through the area without feeling deep sadness at the sight of the missing life.

 We evaluate the state of the soil, we determine the species to plant and the number of trees per hectare. The entire process, including planting, is carried out with our workers and volunteers, in collaboration with the forest services of the regions.

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.

 Region after région the Mediterranean Green Belt is progressing.

 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

 The Mediterranean is the region of Europe with the highest risk of fire due to drought and rising temperatures. Burned land in 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.

 The Mediterranean needs you