The Mediterranean Green Belt will represent the largest restoration of forests along the Mediterranean and the region in Europe where, due to the severe impact of climate change, it is most urgent to restore and protect forests. In addition to the 47 million trees we have already planted with the United Nations, we will start restoring 3,000 hectares, planting and protecting 2 million trees. Tree planting and protection will begin with the rains after summer and will take place in several priority sites of the Mediterranean Green Belt, including the burned forests of the Intercontinental Mediterranean Biosphere Reserve in southern Spain, near Marbella. The Reserve is unique in the Mediterranean and protected by the United Nations (UNESCO).
Benefits for the environment biodiversity and people
hectares of new healthy forests
tons of CO2 removed from the atmosphere
shelters and water points built for biodiversity
hours of work for local forest workers
More than planting…
- Helping young trees born alone to grow
- Building shelters and water points for animals
- Opening of areas and paths without vegetation to prevent and fight fires
- Building erosion barriers to prevent landslides
- Protection work for trees and biodiversity is done all year round. Planting is done in autumn and winter, with the rains.
- Restoration certificates are issued with the description of the work and the coordinates of the sites.
EVERYONE HAS A ROLE TO PLAY. YOUR ACTION COUNTS
We identify priority sites for planting and protecting trees in collaboration with the regional environmental services and according to the map established by the World Resource Institute and the ESRI geographic information system.
REFORESTATION OF THE INTERCONTINENTAL BIOSPHERE RESERVE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN
The Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean is the only reserve of this type in the Mediterranean and in the world. The Reserve is protected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The area north of Marbella of the Reserve, in southern Spain, suffered a major fire. Trees must be planted to bring life back, mainly pines and holm oaks. Other actions for wild life will be carried out such as construction of ponds for amphibians and water points for mammals, installation of nesting boxes for birds and shelters for bats.
We evaluate the soil, we select the species to plant, the number of trees per hectare and organize the restoration. The entire process is carried out with the forest services of the regions. Plantations are carried out with locally recruited forestry workers.
Region after region the Mediterranean Green Belt is progressing.
Our goals are:
Restoring deforested, desertified, and burned land
Protecting ecosystems and biodiversity
Improving soil and water resources
Preventing fire and erosion
Promoting sustainable development
Creating green jobs