Granada’s blue forests: Planting the future
Duration of the partnership
Due to its unique geography and mountainous terrain, Granada is one of Europe’s most polluted cities. This situation has intensified over the years as climate change and drought have increasingly affected the area’s soil. In addition, the city is at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, which acts as a windbreak, stopping the pollution from being dispersed.
As part of the “Reforestando Andalucía ” (Reforesting Andalusia) project, the Plant for the Planet Foundation is developing a green belt programme, which aims to plant 200,000 trees by the end of 2030.
This project, supported by the Granada City Council, aims to reforest the banks of the five main rivers that cross Granada, with the active participation of the community. This “green wall” will help to mitigate pollution levels and the effects of the climate crisis and improve the health of the ecosystems and inhabitants of Granada, as well as its surrounding urban area, by opening up new sources of well-being.
The project was designed to test the methodology to be used for reforesting riparian forests in Spain. It involves planting trees to capture carbon and restoring riverside biodiversity cherished by inhabitants living along rivers.
The Maisons du Monde Foundation is helping to support the Spanish arm of the Plant for the Planet Foundation in pursuing its aim to plant trees on the banks of the five rivers passing through Granada.
With the support of the Maisons du Monde Foundation, the project aims to help the Plant for the Planet Foundation to:
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The approach taken by the Spanish arm of the Plant for the Planet Foundation is based on a participatory, inclusive and replicable approach to reforestation and restoration. This approach entails involving children and young people and transforming them into real actors of change.
The Spanish arm of the Plant for the Planet Foundation is part of the international Plant for the Planet initiative launched in 2007 by nine-year-old Felix Finkbeiner in Germany.
Active in over 71 countries, more than 75,000 children and young people are now part of the Climate Justice Ambassador network.
The mission of Plant for the Planet Spain is to enable future generations of Spanish climate leaders to take action, while actively promoting reforestation, sustainability and climate justice as essential tools. Most will remain involved in the Plant for the Planet network of ambassadors, a community with an online and offline presence.