Context

The island of Porquerolles, located in the Var department in the Provence-Alpes Côte d'Azur region, has an exceptional natural heritage. In fact, the varietal collections of fruit trees found there are classified as collections of national interest. There are collections of fig, mulberry and olive trees. These trees bear witness to the history of the Mediterranean, the migrations of men and their agricultural activities for thousands of years. It is necessary to ensure the preservation and renewal of these collections in order to conserve this heritage and maintain the biodiversity of Porquerolles.

 

Supported project

The L'OCCITANE Foundation supports the Association de Sauvegarde Des Forêts Varoises (ASDFV) in its project for the conservation of the natural heritage of the island of Porquerolles. This project, carried out as part of an integration project, employs 30 employees. It aims to maintain an agricultural area of 17 hectares made available by the Regional Natural Park of Port-Cros. The challenge is to reconcile the human, the preservation and the valorization of a unique natural and scientific heritage that has existed for more than 40 years.

Some figures

Thanks to this project, 140 varieties of trees on the island of Porquerolles are conserved and enhanced, and nearly 1,000 visitors are aware of the challenges of protecting this natural heritage.

Budget 10 000 euros

Goal 140 preserved varieties