The project operated in Transylvania in partnership with The Mihai Eminescu Trust and part of the Plant for the Planet program developed by AccorHotels, was visited by the President of Romania who planted the 2 millionth tree of the project with PUR Projet.
Emphasizing the project’s scale and achievements, President Klaus Iohannis planted himself this symbolic tree for all stakeholders.
Official speech by the President of Romania Mr Klaus Iohannis before planting the 2 millionth tree of this project launched in 2009
The project takes place in Transylvania, where large areas of land have been neglected, resulting in soil erosion and ecosystem degradation. As traditional land exploitation practices have gradually been abandoned, natural regeneration is failing to reach the objectives of new plants per hectare set by the forestry authorities.
Many lands have been abandoned with the decline of traditional life in the region, leaving unmaintained soils
By bringing together local authorities, environmental organizations and communities, the project helps preserve and regenerate the forest which is part of the local heritage. Many activities involve children, students and adults from the region to learn more about forests and tree planting management such as environmental day trips, planting days, workshops or producing educational tools. The project went as far as creating native fruit orchards in 3 local schools in order to bring back to life an ancestral Saxon tradition.
Schoolkids from the region gather for knowledge sharing and planting activities
AccorHotels support this action through the global program Plant for the Planet, which invites hotel guests to reuse their towels, thus saving energy and laundry. 50% of these savings are reinvested in local reforestation projects. This initiative has already contributed to plant 5 million trees around the world and aims at planting a total of 10 million by 2021.