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.
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.
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.