Urvara: A microforest in a semi-desert area
m2 of Micro Forest
About the Organization
Urvara is an initiative of the Artist Candojo to create a micro-forest in the Marina Alta, Alicante region. Candojo works together with local partner Bosque Madre, who are responsible for the execution of this reforestation project.
The objective is the reconstruction and regeneration of arid and semi-desert territories in the region. These lands have been devastated by centuries of monoculture, drought and fire. We want to show the value of forest in comparison to other types of land management.
Our strategy is to create a network of micro-forests that, over time, will become a protected biosphere. We not only want to plant trees, our goal is to participate, consciously and effectively, in the regeneration of this territory. We want these soils to regain their health and fertility.
Our micro-forest design follows these simple criteria:
Autoctonous Biodiversity: Planting and sowing native trees, plants, shrubs and seeds
Soil Biofertility: Incorporation of minerals, nutrients and effective microorganisms in the soil.
The planting method is an innovative form of reforestation that we call Radical Reforestation and it is based on years of experience through the application and methodological study of various international experts such as Akira Miyawaki, Jairo Restrepo, Ernst Götsch, Masanobu Fukuoka and others.
✓ Maximize photosynthesis per square meter of soil with plants from all shrub strata
✓ Concentrate energy to efficiently generate biomass that provides the necessary fertilization for proper nutrition of the growing species.
✓ Promote the natural succession of both vegetation and soil biology.
✓ Accumulate organic matter from pruning and shredded weeds on-site to feed the microbiology, fungi, bacteria, worms and insects that sustain life.
✓ Cover the soil with dense vegetation cover and planting / sowing in high densities promoting a green meadow that prevents sunlight from reaching the ground.
✓ Preserve, protect and conserve soils, their salinity and water tables.
✓ In the Mediterranean climate, it is essential to carry out a correct management of rainwater, enhancing its collection, slowly redirecting it to prevent it from carrying organic matter
✓ A design that accelerates the establishment of forests that, naturally in a Mediterranean climate, could take 150 to 300 years to mature.
We have secured the first plot of land to create a microforest of 400M2
The needed materials for soil improvement are locally available
An agreement have been reached with Association Bosque Madre, who have ample experience in the field of reforestation and the creation of Micro-forests, for the execution of this seed project.
Reforestation of semi-desert area
As a seed or pilot project, we will show feasibility and results to impulse the creation of a network of micro-forests in the area.
Forests are not only productive places but offer multiple ecosystem services to all life on earth, including us humans and also are places of gathering and social interaction
Each micro-forest is a cell of an interconnected system of which we are also part. Each micro-forest is a source of life.