The forests of the Southern Alps are particularly sensitive to climate change and in many places experience significant decline. Renewing the forest cover requires innovating by testing a panel of species, mostly from different Mediterranean regions, and likely to meet the demands of tomorrow's climate, with a view to diversifying genetic resources.


Supported project


The L’OCCITANE Foundation supports the Office National des Forêts - Agence des Alpes de Haute Provence as part of its experimental reforestation project. This initiative is part of the more global MedForFutur program (2017-2022) supported by the Ministry of Forests which aims to conserve forests in the face of climate change. The objective is to restore an ecosystem that has been seriously degraded by consecutive droughts (Scots pine forests) and to test in the Cousson forest the adaptation of 6 species from more southern Mediterranean areas (Greece, Balkans, California), as that the climate is considered to be that of the future Haute-Provence.

Some figures


In total, the project plans to plant and observe 3,500 trees of 6 different varieties on 7 hectares and will contribute to the preservation of biodiversity and also to carbon sequestration.

2020 Budget 8,800 euros

Goal 3,500 planted trees


"This project aims to establish islands of the future to study the adaptation and resilience of new species that are more Mediterranean or even more distant in our latitudes. Aleppo pine, Atlas cedar, Balkan pine, Cephalonia fir, Douglas fir and Calocedar were planted."

Eric Lapeine, Territorial Forestry Technician





ONF - Eric Lapeine

"This project has changed the way I see the forest. [...] I realise that the forest makes it possible to rebalance in a positive way the carbon dioxide emissions emitted by human activity. Sequestering the carbon produced by man is in a way a return to the primary role of the forest. We have always tended to consider the forest as a resource (excessive exploitation, deforestation, etc.), losing sight of its primary role: that of a lung for living species.”

Damien BERNARD, 42 years old, regular hiker, living in the Alpes de Haute Provence





ONF - Damien Bernard