Biodiversit’Haie : a public appeal to protect French landscapes
Duration of the partnership
An alarming observation in the Hauts-de-France region…
Less than 9% of the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region is populated with trees, which, compared to an average tree coverage of 31% across France, makes it home to the least-wooded departments in Metropolitan France. More generally, the Hauts-de-France forest represents only 3% of the forest cover in France — an area that is far too small to ensure the restoration of biodiversity and a good living environment for the inhabitants of the region.
These facts, together with global warming and growing urbanisation (1% of the region’s land undergoes artificialisation every year), caused the association Les Planteurs Volontaires to be created. Its objective: to mobilise and involve local inhabitants and stakeholders in a communal, participatory approach to sustainable forestation.
Engaged citizens taking action!
Les Planteurs Volontaires organises community volunteering events to plant trees in the Hauts-de-France region, in collaboration with local stakeholders. Every year, thousands of inhabitants come together to reforest the region and preserve hedgerows, pollarded trees and orchards.
New groups of “volunteer planters”
Given the growing success of their volunteering events in the Hauts-de-France region, Les Planteurs Volontaires wish to expand their actions nationwide. This means propagating their methods by creating local groups to involve as many people as possible in promoting the role trees play in the ecosystem.
The MDM Foundation will support the association in putting together ten local groups in Île-de-France and Nouvelle-Aquitaine. The funds will be put towards:
Fifty people will be trained and mobilised to manage the ten local groups independently for the long haul.
The inhabitants and primary and secondary schools of the region where the local groups are located will indirectly benefit from the tree planting projects.
In total, the propagation of model in the Paris region and Nouvelle-Aquitaine will therefore benefit more than 2,600 people over the 2-year period (40 inhabitants, 100 primary school and 120 secondary school pupils per local group).
The association Les Planteurs Volontaires carries out volunteer tree planting events, educational activities and training on the topic of trees. Since its creation in 2013, 230 reforestation projects have been selected in the Hauts-de-France region, representing more than 170,500 trees and shrubs planted and 8,500 citizens mobilised.