This initiative is designed to have cascading benefits, including natural, social, financial, and inspirational returns. By restoring previously degraded land (from forest fires and desertification), and reintroducing native flora back to the land, the aim is to restore water tables, prevent further soil erosion/degradation, create carbon sinks in the soil, and create a thriving ecosystem where native fauna can take refuge.
OneTreePlanted plant a variety of native/endemic species that are suited for each particular biosphere. Some common species include but are not limited to: Arbutus Unedo, Quercus Suber, Quercus Robur, Quercus Faginea, Quercus Ilex / rotundifolia, Castanea sativa, Oliveira-brava, Fraxinus angustifolia, Populus, Pinus pinea, Laurus Nobilis, Prunus Spinosa, Salix, Myrtus (tarentina), Sambucus nigra, and Alfarroba.
Deforestation of Portugal began hundreds of years ago, with the age of discovery and trees being felled to create ships. We chose Portugal because through reforestation, fragmented ecosystems and remaining old growth areas can be connected, creating a healthier ecosystem and protecting the remaining green space and biodiversity.