December 10 – According to a report quoted by the European Union News Agency by the European Network, Greece’s Minister of Environment and Energy Hasidakis recently announced that Greece will launch the largest afforestation campaign in the country’s history, planning to plant more than 30 million trees in 10 years, especially in Greece, especially in the past. The area of mountain fire has been reinjected with green vitality.
According to the plan, the Greek authorities will set aside 310 million euros from the allocation of the European Union Recovery Fund for tree planting and forest conservation nationwide.
Based on a study by the Department of Forestry and Natural Environment of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, scientists and researchers will analyze forestland planning. After determining the planning plan, local governments will organize volunteers, non-profit institutions and students to plant trees on a large scale.
According to the 2019 data, the forest cover in Greece is about 17%, and mountain forest fires are the main cause of forest degradation in Greece. In fact, in addition to the hot, dry and windy summer weather, man-made arson is also one of the main reasons for the mountain fires that occur every year in Greece.
The motivation is to open up open space in forest areas, thus changing the nature of the land and developing real estate. Such incidents are also common in Spain, Portugal, Italy and other southern European countries.
As early as 2019, the Greek government began to map forests and specially protected forestland areas, but it was strongly opposed by some local governments and local residents on the grounds that a large amount of land was allocated as forestry land and could not be developed, which would affect investment and economic growth.