Alluvial Forests in Eastern Germany

Alluvial Forests in Eastern Germany
Continent Europe
Country Germany
Costs per square meter 4 €
GPS Data of planting site 51.869232, 12.166737
Protecting Partner Worldwide Fund for Nature

Restoring alluvial forests and giving the Elbe river the space it needs. Most rivers in Central Europe have been altered to a point beyond recognition: What was once a wild maze of river branches, wetlands, and alluvial forests, is now a straightened water body, serving the sole purpose of transporting our goods. Natural flooding processes have been restricted to a minimum with the construction of dams and dikes. Through this, one of the most diverse ecosystems in Central Europe is in strong decline: Alluvial Forests. Not only do they host an impressive number of species dependent on the seasonal floods. They also act as a natural buffer, protecting communities living by the river. WWF Germany has been working to liberate the Elbe river since 2002 and has already successfully relocated dikes and restored vital habitats. Today, WWF manages approximately 1500 hectares of alluvial forest and grassland in the Middle Elbe region, safeguarding and developing the sites for nature and people. Our goal is to purchase more land to restore and preserve these rare and endangered habitats for future generations. 
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Old-Growth Forests in Eastern Germany

Old-Growth Forests in Eastern Germany
Continent Europe
Country Germany
Costs per square meter 4 €
GPS Data of planting site 53.315954, 13.613089
Protecting Partner World Fund for Nature

Protecting natural dynamics and creating old-growth forests of tomorrow. Over the past centuries, Germany’s forests were under immense pressure by industrial forestry, agriculture, and infrastructure development. The original vegetation of beech and mixed-broadleaf forests has been largely replaced by pine and fir monocultures. The consequences of this poor management have become clear under the climate crisis, with extreme weather events leading to the death of thousands of hectares of forest plantations across the country. Today, real old-growth forests are basically non-existent in Germany. As a response to these dire circumstances, WWF Germany has taken 1500 hectares of forest under its wing to protect and develop it in a sustainable manner. This provides significant benefits to the local biodiversity and improves the forests’ resilience to the climate crisis. By this, we hope to give coming generations the privilege of experiencing old-growth forests in Germany and inspire a change in the way forests are managed in the future.

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German Beech Jungle

German Beech Jungle
Continent Europe
Country Germany
Costs per square metre 4.75 €
GPS Data of the site 50.43579, 6.80736
Protecting Partner Wohllebens Waldakademie

By nature, more than 90 percent of Germany would be covered by forest, most of it beech or mixed beech/oak forests. These forests are characterized by long-lasting stability; disturbances in the form of storms or fire are unknown to them. Many highly specialized animal and plant species have adapted to such permanent forests. Most of them depend on particularly old trees; the rare middle spotted woodpecker, for example, can only colonize beech forests when the trees are 200 years old or more. Ancient beech forests are the rainforests of Europe, and similar to the tropics, they are in very poor condition.
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Anillo Verde de Granada

Anillo Verde de Granada
Continent Europe
Country Spain
Costs per Tree 16 €
GPS Data of planting site 37.206605, -3.623786
Planting Partner Plant for the Planet
At present, Granada is the fourth most polluted city in Spain. The establishment of a green belt around the city of Granada, through the restoration of forests and other landscapes, will create new green areas of enjoyment and leisure for the citizens of Granada. In addition, the multiple and imminent threats that the climate crisis poses to the region will be partially mitigated through the restoration of these green areas and forests. The Green Belt therefore aims to contribute to the well-being and livelihood of current and future generations in the Granada region. Granada Reforestation is part of the project „One Million Trees for Andalusia. One Billion Trees for the Planet“. Further your contributions in our project in Granada also support the empowerment of children, the development of the App and our worldwide campaign Stop talking. Start planting. Further information about the project and partner.