The Conservatoire Botanique National Mascarin and Crédit Agricole Mutuel de la Réunion are joining the plan " 1 million trees for Reunion Island "carried by the Department of Reunion through a partnership for the preservation of Reunion’s biodiversity.

Rich in significant native and endemic flora, the meeting is an exceptional territory. Recognition at Unesco World Heritage since August 1 2010, formalizes the significant contribution of the meeting to the conservation of terrestrial biodiversity.

The definitive loss of certain species in recent years weighs dangerously on this label.. Nowadays, nearly a third of endemic species in Réunion are threatened with extinction. Faced with this alarming observation, the mutual agricultural credit of the meeting is mobilized and takes urgent action for the preservation of Reunion's nature.

That is why, he initiates with all of his clients, in partnership with the national botanical conservatory mascarin and the department of Réunion, the operation alon planted by ca, to support the replanting of native and endemic species, as part of a global strategy for the preservation of Reunion's biodiversity.

As part of this operation, citizen action, in the form of a call for donations, is launched from 12 at 30 October 2020, for the benefit of the national botanical conservatory mascarin, guarantor of scientific and technical knowledge of Reunion's flora.

The funds collected will be entirely intended for the preservation of our unique natural heritage, through operations of planting native and endemic species. These plantations will contribute to the plan " 1 million trees for the meeting "carried by the meeting department.

Environmental associations kaz maron, in grain color, the school of the planetary garden, ave2m and the collective 5000 dbwas foot, will bring their know-how and knowledge during the planting day on 05 December 2020.
The modalities and organization of this day will be defined in compliance with the sanitary measures in force.

National Botanical Conservatory Mascarin

Law Association 1901 created in september 1986 under the leadership of botanists, including the eminent younger Teresian, and politicians aware of the originality and richness of Reunion's plant heritage and the risk of its disappearance. It is approved "national botanical conservatory" by the Ministry of Ecology, sustainable development and energy to carry out knowledge missions, conservation, expertise and awareness on issues related to maintaining the plant heritage.

This national approval was issued for the territories of Reunion in 1993, then to those of mayotte and the scattered islands in 2007.

The association is also labeled "permanent center of initiatives for the environment" (cpie) by the national union of cpie since 2000 in order to intensify integrated territorial approaches in relation to the major issues of flora and habitats.

Across all French overseas communities, the cbn-cpie mascarin is the only structure to hold this approval and this label.
since June 2014, the association has seen its activities change and split into 2 entities :
the national botanical conservatory association – cpie mascarin has refocused on scientific missions while all the activity related to the reception of the public and the management of the collections has been taken over by the departmental council of the meeting as a service of the environment directorate, under the heading Mascarin, Réunion botanical garden.

The 2 entities are continuing to work on the consistency and complementarity of their actions on the well-known site of spirals.

*legend*:The Maido forest in the heights of Reunion Island. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

About the plan " 1 million trees for Réunion "

The meeting department launched in August 2019 the plan " 1 million trees for the meeting ". The objective is to preserve the exceptional biodiversity of the island and to meet the challenges of the ecological and inclusive transition of the territory. local actors (private, associative, public, National Education…) and the population will be associated.

Why plant native and endemic species on a large scale ?

Many plant species, introduced intentionally or accidentally into the island, have become a real pestilence for native natural environments that they suffocate to the point of gradually making them disappear. to reverse this situation and halt the erosion of biodiversity, it appears essential to massively plant native and endemic species of Réunion and / or Mascarenes, especially in urban public spaces, peri-urban and school environments.

Trees, carbon sink : the plan " 1 million trees for the meeting "will help mitigate the effects of climate change. The large-scale planting of resistant indigenous species adapted to the climatic and soil conditions of the territory will help to replenish carbon sinks to limit the impact of our ecological footprint. Plan information " 1 million trees for the meeting " : www.departement974.fr

Photo Pierre Marchal