The Marseille group CMA CGM announces a donation of one million euros to restore natural spaces in the Massif des Maures after the gigantic fire which destroyed nearly 7,100 hectares in Var in recent days.

The fire that hit the Massif des Maures in the Var in recent days has just been extinguished and the damage is considerable. Almost 7,100 hectares have burned down, the landscape is desolate. To help restore natural spaces, the world leader in maritime transport, the Marseille group CMA CGM, decides to donate one million euros. This donation will be allocated to the regional Respir fund, created in April at the initiative of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region to preserve regional forest areas. The RESPIR Fund brings together forest owners and public and private funders in the framework of the preservation of regional forest areas.

“Our group’s adventure began and continues in Marseille and we are very attached to the region and particularly to the natural heritage. We therefore decided to mobilize to help restore the areas destroyed by the fire.” – Damien Denizot, spokesperson for CMA CGM

The sum paid will therefore make it possible to finance a specific restoration plan. It is first necessary to precisely assess the damage caused by fire in terms of biodiversity of flora and fauna, as well as the measures to be implemented as a priority. In this sense, soil safety and development work for wildlife is necessary.

The rapid completion of the work is crucial in order to secure traffic lanes, prevent soil leaching and erosion by rain, in particular via the fascination method, which consists of stabilizing the earth by means of flexible branches. Refuges will also be set up for several species whose habitat has been destroyed, including the endangered Hermann’s tortoise.

“There is a time for diagnosis but also urgent actions to be taken, in particular offering refuge areas for wildlife. We are of course thinking of Hermann’s famous turtle, others are also in danger.”

It is obviously an operation that we are impatiently awaiting: the planting of trees to see the greenery in the Massif des Maures, which is now burnt.

“The goal is to get this forest back on its own and to make sure that we can help it.”

The planting technique is precise: it aims to reforest small areas with a view to the natural dissemination of seeds in the surrounding area from species present before the fire. “Islands of the future” will also be created with the replanting of species adapted to climate change.

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