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The Puressentiel Foundation: Protection of Nature

500,000 new trees planted.

THE PURESSENTIEL FOUNDATION IS INVOLVED IN THE SUSTAINABLE REFORESTATION OF DEGRADED LAND IN SOUTH-EAST MADAGASCAR, WITH THE NGO INTER'AIDE. THE OBJECTIVE IS TO CONTRIBUTE TO RURAL POPULATIONS' SUSTAINABLE LOCAL DEVELOPMENT AND FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE.

Madagascar is one of the world's poorest countries, with more than 70% of the population living below the poverty line. It is also an island with an exceptional reservoir of biodiversity, home to nearly 90% of the world's endemic plants.

In this context, Inter Aide supports rural families in 3 districts of South-East Madagascar (Mananjary, Manakara and Farafangana) for the sustainable reforestation of highly degraded collective lands. They combine technical and social innovations to lift the barriers that have prevented the reforestation of these lands until now. The objective is to contribute to the sustainable local development of rural populations and to the fight against climate change through the reforestation of degraded land.

In practice, 2500 rural families will be supported to reforest and manage 400ha of degraded collective plots by planting 500,000 trees.
500 families will also plant trees on their plots and in a dozen schools.

For this purpose, Inter Aide has chosen, together with the communities, to promote species adapted to the characteristics of the region and the development of the plots, including:
- native species (Foraha, Ramy, Mandrofo, Hintsy, Bonara) and agroforestry species (Jacquier, pepper tree stakes, jamblon, etc.) which are promoted in the best quality soils ;
Pioneer species (Acacias, Corymbia, Eucalyptus, etc.) are prized by farmers for their productivity and favoured in the poorest soils.

More than 80 clean-up missions and 20 awareness-raising actions

IN FRANCE, THE PURESSENTIEL FOUNDATION SUPPORTS WINGS OF THE OCEAN, WHICH WORKS CONCRETELY TO COMBAT MARINE AND AQUATIC WASTE.

In 2021, with its 10 employees and 450 volunteers, Wings of the Ocean was able to carry out 190 clean-up missions, making it the leading marine clean-up association in France in 2021. More than 60 tonnes of waste were collected between the Mediterranean and the islands of the Eastern Atlantic (Madeira, the Canaries).

The Etang de Berre is the second largest salt lake in Europe, and its reputation is now being damaged by pollution. Together with more than fifty local partners (local authorities, associations, companies and local populations), Wings of the Ocean is launching a significant clean-up operation for the Etang-de-Berre and the Ile des Trois Frères in particular.

The goal of the 2022 project, supported by the Puressentiel Foundation,
is to help clean up as much of the “Etang de Berre” areas as possible:  sort the waste both to enable it to be
recycled and provide an inventory of the pollution by macro-waste in the pound.
By carrying out two to three clean-up missions per week.

For 7 months, a massive clean-up program was set up around the pond, in
collaboration with local authorities, companies, associations and the local
population:

- Onshore clean-ups, water clean-ups, diving, recovery of ghost nets,
seabed clean-ups with magnets, hydrocarbon clean-ups with hair buoys.

- Awareness-raising activities (schools, general public);

- A unique and systematic sorting and characterisation (into 33
categories) of waste and the search for recycling solutions with partners.

850,000 new bees protected

THROUGH THE SUPPORT OF 13 BEEKEEPERS AND 17 HIVES, THE PURESSENTIEL FOUNDATION IS PROTECTING 850,000 NEW BEES IN FRANCE AND BELGIUM, WITH "UN TOIT POUR LES ABEILLES."

The "Un toit pour les abeilles" network gathers numerous beekeepers throughout France and Belgium. Its ambition is to participate in safeguarding bees, developing colonies, supporting a sector in suffering, and thus protecting biodiversity.

In particular, by protecting the black bee ("Apis Mellifera Mellifera"), a species that used to be dominant in Europe: in France today, there are barely 10% black bees. This ancestral bee, which has resisted two periods of glaciation, is now threatened.

The Puressentiel Foundation's endowment has made it possible to protect more than 2,000,000 small bees since 2018!

The Puressentiel Foundation is renewing its support in 2022 and will continue the work of this network which protects bees and, through them, the ecosystem and biodiversity in France and Belgium.

Supporting beekeepers makes it possible to develop new bee colonies, financially support the beekeeping sector, and raise awareness on a large scale about the disappearance of bees and the essential role they play in nature. And thus, protect more than 850,000 new bees.
Since 2020, the Puressentiel Foundation has also protected wild bees and has become a "coddler". 40% of wild bees are endangered.

They play a very active role in biodiversity by being champions of pollination. Without them, many flowers would not turn into fruit or vegetables.

The Puressentiel Foundation rainforest: nearly 25,000 trees planted worldwide

THE PURESSENTIEL FOUNDATION SUPPORTS TREESISTERS, WHICH SUPPORTS THE RESTORATION OF ECOSYSTEMS AND LIVELIHOODS IN THE TROPICAL FOREST BELT.

Forests play an essential role in the hydrological cycles of our world, both sequestering carbon dioxide and providing the most biodiverse regions on earth. When the trees are removed, the vibrant ecosystems cease. The land often becomes overfarmed, eroded, and rendered infertile in a cascade effect mirrored with social decline, grinding poverty and climate extremes. Reforestation can rapidly reverse these devasting trends. They can stabilize and nourish the soils, restore watersheds, revitalize dry springs and provide good quality water to large populations living downstream.

TreeSisters restores natural forest ecosystems by using indigenous species, promoting local knowledge and skills and encouraging women's participation.
The concrete help of the Puressentiel Foundation will enable the planting of nearly 25,000 trees in this tropical forest belt by the end of 2022.