The largest restoration of forests along the Mediterranean
km of coastline
Save the Mediterranean forests
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations calls to restore 8 million hectares of forests in the Mediterranean, encompassing more than 5 billion trees, by 2030. Arboreal participates in this initiative with the Mediterranean Green Belt.
Make a real difference for nature and the climate
The Mediterranean Green Belt represents the largest restoration of forests along the Mediterranean and a major green infrastructure in southern Europe. We have already planted over 47 million trees and restored 75,000 hectares of forest, equivalent to 105,000 football fields, with the United Nations.
Degraded and burned forests often need human help to recover. Each tree keeps alive a global ecosystem with its vegetation and biodiversity.
Restored forests perform their ecological functions better, absorb more CO2 and are more resilient to the impact of climate change.
Restoring and protecting a forest in one part of the Mediterranean benefits the whole Mediterranean and the climate.
Restoring Mediterranean forests is urgent
The Mediterranean is one of the regions of the world where forests are suffering the most from climate change. Temperatures in the Mediterranean have risen by 1.3°C, which is 2ºC more than the global average and 20% faster. It is also the hottest region in Europe, where forests most need to be protected. 75% of forest fires in Europe take place in the Mediterranean. Fires are more violent and more frequent, burning thousands of hectares every year, killing millions of trees and destroying animal life. Desertification and soil erosion affect entire regions of the Mediterranean, accelerating forest degradation. One in five animal species in the Mediterranean is threatened with extinction due to forest loss. Without its forests, which are essential to the regulation of the local climate and animal life, the much-loved landscapes of the Mediterranean will disappear forever and Mediterranean agriculture, which gives its products to the world, will be more exposed to droughts and diseases.
More than planting…
Planting and protecting trees means that we perform one or more tasks, depending on the needs of each forest:
- We prioritize natural regeneration by helping young trees born alone and still fragile to grow.
- We plant trees when natural regeneration is insufficient or non-existent.
- We open areas and paths without vegetation to prevent and fight fires.
- We build barriers to fight erosion and prevent landslides.
- We promote the well-being of biodiversity, in particular by building shelters and water points for animals and taking other actions essential to their habitat.
- We protect all trees, news and old, by promoting sustainable management of the entire forest ecosystem.
Mediterranean green Belt
For a greener world and the climate
The Mediterranean Green Belt contribute to the commitment of the Mediterranean countries, endorsed by the United Nations (FAO), to restore 8 million hectares of forests, encompassing more than 5 billon trees, by 2030.
PRIORITY FOREST RESTORATION
We select priority sites for planting and protecting trees in collaboration with the environmental department of each region and according to the World Resource Institute map and the ESRI geographic information system.
WE ALL DEPEND ON FORESTS
FORESTS NEED US ALL
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