With over 45 million acres, the Spanish forest is the fourth largest forest area in Europe. Invaluable in every way, it is highly beneficial to its environment: preserving local biodiversity, filtering water, and preventing soil erosion. However, due to climate change in Europe, the Spanish forest is affected by many scourges: diseases, fires, and storms regularly degrade it and have serious consequences for the human population as well as the native wildlife.
Soil erosion, in particular, is a major problem of the Spanish land, not only causing dramatic flooding due to ground instability, but also making it difficult to cultivate the farmland. To this must be added high frequency fires which, fed as they are by repeated droughts, regularly wreak havoc in Spain’s forests.
The planting of your gift tree in Spain will be in one of three project areas: the Asturias region of northern Spain, the forests of Navarre, and in Zaragoza. Your planting of deciduous trees in these areas hard hit by fires and disease will reintroduce biodiversity within pine forests, so as to enhance their resilience, and slow down the spread of wood-destroying insects, create areas to shelter animals and stimulate biodiversity, and contribute to the fight against soil erosion. Finally, by restoring forests, you are also helping to combat climate change as the trees store large amounts of CO2.