47 million trees already planted
75,000 hectares restored, equivalent to 105,000 soccer fields
6 million tons of CO2 removed from the air by trees and soil
The Mediterranean Green Belt will represent the largest restoration of forests along the Mediterranean
15,000km of Mediterranean coast, 23 countries, including 9 countries of the European Union.
The Mediterranean Green Belt
Arboreal is creating the Mediterranean Green Belt to restore burned and degraded forests in the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean Green Belt will represent the major green infrastructure of southern Europe and the largest forest restoration in the Mediterranean led by people. The Mediterranean Green Belt currently includes Spain and the south of France up to the border with Italy. It will extend to other Mediterranean countries. The Mediterranean Green Belt contributes to the pledge of the European Union to plant 3 billon trees by 2030 and to the objective of Mediterranean countries to restore 8 million hectares of forests.
Restoring the Mediterranean forests is urgent
The Mediterranean is the most visited region in the world. It has an important natural heritage and a unique ecosystem. But it is also a region that suffers the most from climate change. Temperatures have increased by 1.3°C—2% above the global average. 95% of fires in Europe take place in the Mediterranean. Sea level has already risen by 6 cm and will rise by 50 cm before 2100. Desertification is turning whole regions into desert. One in five animal species is threatened with extinction. The olive trees that give their oil to the world will be gone in 100 years.
Next forest restorations
We have already planted 47 million trees and restored 75,000 hectares with a United Nations campaign. Next restorations will take place along the Spanish coast, in the Balearic Islands and the south of France. A large-scale reforestation, with the planting of more than 2 million trees, will be carried out in the Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean, in Andalusia. The reserve is protected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Protecting nature is the best way to invest in our 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 considered as the last deadline to slow down climate change, restore forests globally, reach neutrality in land degradation and protect biodiversity. Arboreal contributes in particular to the Forest Strategy 2030 and the Biodiversity Strategy 2030 of the European Union, to the United Nations Declaration for the restoration of 350 million hectares of forests in the world and to the commitment of several Mediterranean countries to restore 8 million hectares of forests by 2030.
How we restore
Forest restoration gives life to a global ecosystem with vegetation, animals, soil, atmosphere. Restoration consists of planting trees, helping trees born from natural regeneration to grow, taking care of sick trees, doing works to reduce fires, erosion and desertification. 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. Restoration is followed by forest management to ensure that the planted trees and restored areas are properly conserved.
We all depend on forests
Forests need us all