Context

The island of Porquerolles, located in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur region, possesses exceptional natural heritage. In fact, the varietal collections of fruit trees found there are classified as collections of national interest. There are a wide variety of fig trees, mulberry trees and even olive trees. These trees have borne witness to the history of the Mediterranean, the migrations of humanity and their agricultural activities over thousands of years. If this heritage and the biodiversity of Porquerolles are to be conserved, it is necessary to ensure the preservation and renewal of these collections. 

 

Supported project

The Foundation's support benefits the conservation of varietal collections of fruit trees on Porquerolles island and particularly by introducing in 2020 new varieties of fig, citrus and olive trees. These plantations will be accompanied by the establishment of an important irrigation network. In total, 320 trees of more than 60 different varieties will be planted this year following agro-ecological pratices. 

Some figures

The objective of the project's third year is to preserve and promote 140 tree varieties out of the 500 tree varieties found on the island of Porquerolles. Thanks to this project, approximately 1,000 visitors will be made aware of the challenges of protecting this natural heritage.

2020 Budget 10 000 euros

2020 Goal 60 preserved varieties

History

Project supported since 2018

Since 2018, the L'OCCITANE Foundation has been supporting the Association de Sauvegarde des Forêts Varoises (ASDFV) in its project to conserve the natural heritage of the island of Porquerolles. The challenge lies in reconciling the role of human beings, preservation and the promotion of an unique natural and scientific heritage that has existed for over 40 years. 

ASDFV has an exiting collection of fruit trees of more than 500 varieties; a unique genetic heritage in France that we are proud to help maintain and conserve for future generations. 

Total budget 30 000 euros

Total goal 140 preserved varieties