Reforestation, France

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Regenerating Forest Ecosystems

PUR develops forestry projects in France with high environmental value, while also issuing carbon credits (Label Bas Carbone) that benefit farmers and local communities.

Why Regenerate Forest Ecosystems in France?

Forests are our allies in the struggle against global warming — providing us with a multitude of ecological, economic, and social services that are essential for life on Earth.

In France, forests are increasingly suffering from the effects of climatic change, including unprecedented heat, forest fires, droughts, pests, and pathogens.


Supporting deteriorated forests by replanting local trees is essential. These projects target forests that have undergone heavy damage; tree mortality due to pests, pathogens, fires and/or storms. The decision to proceed with reforestation is made through scientific criteria and environmental protocols.

New Afforestation

Land afforestation has changed significantly in the past 10 years. The natural ecosystems on agricultural plots have been sorely neglected, making it increasingly relevant to plant trees directly on farming plots to diversify agricultural ecosystems — recreating green spaces to develop reservoirs of biodiversity, establish ecological corridors, and revitalize the forest-wood sector.

Low-Carbon Label

Low-Carbon Label is a national carbon certification tool, led by the Ministry of Ecological Transition, which favours the implementation of the National Low Carbon Strategy. Its objective is to promote the emergence of voluntary projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration in soils and biomass.

Farmer Support

Farmers are the beneficiaries of our actions, and PUR supports them in their agri-environmental transition and innovation projects. Are you a farmer?

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Experts & Forest Managers

PUR works with a large number of operational partners, wishing to facilitate the deployment of these practices among the farmers in their network.

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Project Implementation

Our projects always include a collective support component, to ensure that farmers benefit from advice tailored to their unique farming system.

Maximum Impact on the Field

PUR’s projects are co-designed with farmers and operational partners to ensure the relevance of outcomes and impacts. Monitoring frameworks and tools are developed to evaluate the impact of our projects.

Our teams do follow-up visits with all farmers participating in our projects to assess successes and areas of improvement and show full transparency to our financial partners.

Saint-Gilles, Gard

After a major fire in the summer of 2019 in the Gard at Saint Gilles, Farmers Oscar and Françoise Cuillé wish to reforest a deteriorated forest. The main objective is to restore natural habitats to preserve biodiversity and carbon sequestration. This an old forest consisting of Aleppo pine (90%) and pinion pine (10%), with a Mediterranean climate with acidic and dry soil.

Magland, Haute-Savoie

The Municipality of Magland and the National Office of Forests launched a reforestation project following a storm in July 2019, which destroyed 87 ha of the Magland forest—renowned in Haute-Savoie for its production capacity of softwood and its location nearby Mont-Blanc.

By planting three different species, this reforestation makes it possible to reconstitute the forest and its timber production capacities while protecting against natural risks and enabling sustainable water catchment. This project is actively preserving the landscape quality of the mountain range and the living environment.

Niderviller, Moselle

Arnaud Michaut (representative of the Groupement Forestier de Faye Niderviller) and Aurélien Haaz (forestry expert) are the owner and manager of the Niderviller forest (319 ha). This forest consists of stands whose decline has been certified by a DEPERIS diagnosis. The goal of this project is to reconstitute stands of beech trees that are dying out following several episodes of drought. The beech trees will be replaced by species more adapted to the new climate conditions.

Troisfontaines, Moselle

Maurice De Menthon represents Groupement Forestier des Trois-Fontaines, owner of 373 ha of the Foeschen forest. The spruce plots experienced bark beetle attacks aggravated by episodes of drought. The project aims to revitalize these forests by diversifying the species to increase the resilience of trees to the effects of climate change.

Our Vision for the Forest

“In 2019, we experienced the first bark beetle crisis—the first health crisis in the forest that was directly linked to the effects of climate change. For foresters, this has translated into a profound upheaval in management practices, since the tree species in a particular region may no longer be suited for the environmental conditions of the future.

It is clear that trees will have significant difficulties in adapting to the expected disturbances from climate change. Faced with this observation, leaders and experts in forestry agree on the need to act swiftly, adjusting their methodologies accordingly to overcome both present and future challenges.

At PUR, we provide technical and financial assistance to foresters and farmers. We favour productive exchanges that co-construct projects to collectively plant the forests of tomorrow.

During the first 5 years of planting, our staff make 3-4 site visits, because the success of a project often hinges on these in-depth monitoring efforts.

By working with PUR, you are not only storing carbon—by committing to the forest, you are taking long-term action for biodiversity, the climate, and the development of sustainable sectors! We thank you deeply for all of your invaluable support.”

– Sarah Khatib, Forest Expert at PUR