Arboreal restores and protects degraded forestlands

The beginning

More than ever, it is becoming necessary to create large-scale restoration projects in order to have a significant impact on ecosystems and the climate, locally and globally. It can be a massive restoration over large areas or the sum of small mosaic restorations.

Our choice for large-scale restorations became evident when Wangari Maathai, an African woman, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, received an offer from a company to plant 1 million trees. Her answer was straightforward: “We need a billion trees.” With these words, the United Nations Environment Programme launched the Billion Tree Campaign, “Plant for the Planet”, in 2008. Four years later, the result exceeded expectations: 12 billion trees planted.

The experience

As young volunteers, we helped the United Nations Environment Programme and Wangari Maathai organize the campaign Plant for the Planet in Spain, the European country most affected by climate change due to its Mediterranean climate. The campaign lasted four years and restored more than 75,000 hectares–185,000 acres–of forest and planted 47 million trees, the largest plantation in developed countries after the United States.

The vision

We organize large-scale restorations, with a significant and measurable environmental impact, in order to best contribute to international goals to preserve nature.

The United Nations is calling for the restoration of 350 million hectares of degraded forests and landscapes worldwide by 2030. More than 60 countries have already committed to restoring 8 million hectares in the Mediterranean by 2030.

Everyone can participate in these crucial actions for nature and the climate. Such mobilization of citizens is an essential force for the restoration of degraded forests and landscapes and for climate protection. A personal commitment reflects our responsibility towards the nature that sustains our daily lives.

Among other factors, we take into account the state of degradation or desertification, the progress of natural regeneration in the event of a fire and the environmental benefits the restoration will bring.

The lands we reforest play an important role in the environmental balance. Forests are crucial and effective in the fight against climate change by absorbing CO2 emissions and influencing local climate.

Reforestation reduces soil erosion caused by irregular and torrential rain, stops desertification, improves water flow and quality and protects biodiversity through habitat rehabilitation and ecological connectivity.

For an identical surface area—for example, 1 square mile—a forest releases more water to the atmosphere than the sea, hence the crucial role of forests for climate balance.

MAIN ACTIONS

Maintenance and improvement of vegetation and protection against fires
Enhancement of reforested land for public use with a network of pathways and informative sign posts

Preparation of the land

Following the preparation of the area, we reforest deforested, non-forested or partially forested land with native species.

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Natural distribution

We respect the natural distribution of the species. The planting density is between 300 and 500 trees per acre with a variety of tree species.

Planting season

The planting period is approximately from October to early March, depending on the region and temperatures.  Trees are usually one or two years old, and secured with stakes and protectors, if necessary.