Creating biodiversity refuges in a distributed forest landscape.
m2 of Micro Forest
About the Organization
Treebuu, a non-profit association based in the Valencian Community, was established in 2020. Its main objective is to conserve our natural environment in a sustainable way, as well as raise awareness and involve civil society and especially future generations in conservation of natural heritage, thus ensuring its recovery and conservation.
For the Urvara project, Treebuu works through the custody or purchase of land to create a distributed reserve of micro-forests.
Treebuu is creating a network of microforests in the Marina Alta region. As potential islets of biodiversity, these small forest patches can provide several crucial ecosystem services for society. We are looking for funding to plant forests in the patches we have, as well as means to access additional patches of land which can be integrated in the network.
With a first seed forest planted successfully in 2020 and the launch of a new project in collaboration with Fundem (Enrique Montoliu Foundation), the Treebuu Association is expanding this project to different plots in a region that has suffered unplanned urban growth and an agriculture based on monoculture and the abuse of pesticides.
Beyond their function as a refuge for biodiversity, SFPs provide important on-site services, such as water storage, the creation of more humid microclimates and in some cases the sustainable production of wood and / or wild foods (edible plants and fungi) .
At the landscape scale, SFPs can improve crop production through physical regulation (as a barrier against wind and flooding) and biological services (as sources of pollinators and natural enemies). Micro-forest networks are important carbon sinks and therefore play a role in mitigating climate change.
The micro-forest network also contributes to the construction of community identity in the region, through the restoration of native vegetation and biodiversity, and the involvement of different groups of individuals, organizations, local companies, and municipal bodies.
The Marina Alta region of 33 municipalities located north of the province of Alicante (Spain), with an area of 767.2 km2, has a population of over 175 thousand inhabitants. The Marina Alta has a very particular and favorable microclimate to develop a project of these characteristics.
We consider that the creation of a distributed reserve is a sustainable alternative strategy to the difficulties faced by the region and its inhabitants. We want to give value to the micro-forest compared to other types of land management, being one of the main sustainable ways of life for our present and future generations.
Our approach is to integrate the recovery of biodiversity in the region with existing human activity through the planting of micro-forests both in agricultural plots and in gardens, parks, and land with different uses. Each micro-forest is a cell in an interconnected system of refuges and biodiversity corridors.
Through funding this project you help us reforest the patches which are already part of Urvara, and access additional patches of land which can be integrated in the network.
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.
Urvara's main objective is to contribute to the biodiversity of the region by creating a distributed forest reserve, or network of micro-forests, consisting of patches of forest variable in quality, age, size and isolation, embedded in the existing agricultural matrix.
It is an effective model to recover biodiversity, taking into account the current use of the plots and the limitations that this use brings. To achieve our main objective we have marked a series
of basic objectives:
Inclusion of land in this distributed reserve distributed through purchase, custody or contracts with owners, taking into account a minimum of 40 years in cases of custody or collaboration.
The regeneration and restoration of arid and semi-desert territories in this region, through soil improvement works and the planting of native forest species.
Unify energies and strategies with the different organizations and local groups.
We have also marked as objectives:
✓ 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.
With a first seed forest planted successfully in 2020 and the inclusion of a larger project supported by the Enrique Montoliu Foundation, the Treebuu Association is expanding this project to different plots in the region that have suffered from unplanned urban growth and agriculture. based on monoculture and pesticide abuse.
During the pilot project we have successfully organized a few days of volunteering and collaborations with local organizations, which give us a very good perspective to expand the network of micro-forests in the coming years in the region.
As potential islets of potential biodiversity, small forest patches can provide various ecosystem services crucial to society. Beyond their function as a reservoir of biodiversity, micro-forests provide important on-site services, such as water storage, the creation of more humid microclimates, and in some cases the sustainable production of wood and / or wild foods (edible plants and fungi) .
At the landscape scale, micro-forests can improve crop production through physical (as a wind and flood barrier) and biological (sources of pollinators and natural enemies) regulation.
Micro-forest networks are important carbon sinks and therefore play a role in mitigating climate change.
The micro-forest network also contributes to the construction of community identity in the region, through the restoration of native vegetation and biodiversity, and the involvement of different groups of individuals, local organizations and companies, and municipalities.