Yunnan is located in a mountainous area, with high elevation. The province is rich in natural resources and has the largest diversity of plan life in China, but it is severely affected by deforestation, especially in the Zhaoyang region. Deforestation and high-yield agriculture have caused soil depletion (erosion, leaching). Impoverished lands have been abandoned because of rural to urban migration. Forests were turned into farmland dominated by monoculture potato and corn plantations. This system now offers low economic and ecological contributions to the community. 


Supported project

In 2021-2022, L’OCCITANE China and the L’OCCITANE Foundation have partnered with Pur Projet to support their project aiming at restoring trees on farmland in operation and abandoned farmland in over 10 villages in Zhaoyang country. 

The project consists in combining the planting of tress with local corps (corn, potatoes) which has many benefits, as trees enrich soil quality, improve water retention, reduce erosion and develop the field’s biodiversity. 
This tree planting also helps to reduce pressure on remaining forests by providing timber for domestic use. Fruit trees also provide an additional source of food and income for villagers. 

More globally, the project helps fight deforestation and climate change. Farmers receive trainings on agroforestry practices and sustainable forest management and ensure the success of the project. On one hand, villagers are involved at every stage from project design to project implementation and monitoring. On the other hand, the local forestry department is actively engaged in trainings.

Some figures

Budget 20,000 euros

Goal 5,000 planted trees

Goal 12 preserved varieties