Join the Mediterranean Green Belt
The largest restoration of forests along the Mediterranean
15,000 km of coastline, 23 countries, including 14 European countries
900 million people who live in or visit the Mediterranean
47 million trees already planted
75,000 hectares of forest restored, equivalent to 105,000 football fields
6 million tons of CO2 removed from the air by trees and soil
Plant & Protect a tree in the Mediterranean
By planting and protecting trees in the Mediterranean, you restore forests in a region of the world that needs it most. We reforest large areas to have the best possible impact on nature and the climate.
The Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean, near Marbella, in southern Spain, is a priority area to restore. The Reserve is unique in the Mediterranean and protected by the United Nations. 2.3 million trees are needed to restore burned areas. Each tree planted help vegetation and animal life to recover.
Restoring Mediterranean forests is urgent
The Mediterranean is one of the regions of the world where forests suffer the most from climate change. 95% of fires in Europe take place in the Mediterranean. Fires are larger and more violent. Desertification impoverishes the soil and vegetation of entire regions, water resources are diminishing. One in five animal species is threatened with extinction due to loss of habitat. The olive trees will be gone in 100 years.
Restoring Mediterranean forests means giving life back to an entire ecosystem with its trees, soil and animals. The new forest will be more resilient to the impact of climat change and better prepared against fires.
How we restore Mediterranean forests
Restoration involves planting trees, helping young trees born from natural regeneration to grow, creating paths and areas without vegetation to reduce the risk and spread of fires, preventing soil erosion and improving habitat for biodiversity.
Restoring the vegetation cover of degraded soils is also essential. Forest soil absorbs twice as much CO2 as trees, supports a great richness of life and enables terrestrial ecosystems to function.
The restoration of Mediterranean forests requires more work than in temperate regions due to climatic conditions, with hard and often rocky soils, and greater follow-up of the plantation with several waterings in the first years.
Be part of a greener world and climate protection
The Mediterranean Green Belt will represent the largest green infrastructure in southern Europe and the largest forest restoration along the Mediterranean coasts.
In collaboration with a United Nations campaign we have planted 47 million trees and restored 75,000 hectares.
When you restore Mediterranean forests, you save a natural heritage that is unique in the world, you increase the share of nature on our planet and help slow climate change.
Protecting nature is the best way to invest in the future
“Global challenges like climate change, the unprecedented loss of biodiversity, and the spread of devastating pandemics are sending a clear message: it’s time to fix our broken relationship with nature.” Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
WE ALL DEPEND ON FORESTS
FORESTS NEED US ALL
An international commitment to save forests
2030 is an important deadline for slowing climate change, restoring forests globally, protecting biodiversity and achieving land degradation neutrality. The Mediterranean Green Belt contributes to the FAO-led commitment to restore 8 million hectares of forests in the Mediterranean by 2030, the European Union’s Forest Strategy 2030 and the UN declaration to restore 350 million hectares of forests by 2030.