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 L'OCCITANE Foundation supports the Association for the Protection of Varese Forests (Association de Sauvegarde Des Forêts Varoises) in its project to conserve the natural heritage of the island of Porquerolles. This project, carried out as part of a work integration programme, employs 20 people. It aims to maintain an agricultural area of 19 hectares made available by the Port-Cros Regional Natural Park. The challenge lies in reconciling the role of human beings, preservation, and the promotion of a unique natural and scientific heritage that has existed for more than 40 years.

Some figures

The objective of the project's first 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.

Budget 10 000 euros

Goal 140 preserved varieties