France to plant 50 million trees to prepare for warmer temperatures

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                Le gouvernement français a annoncé son intention de lancer un programme de 200 millions d'euros pour repeupler les forêts en vue d'un climat plus chaud à l'avenir et d'associer les élèves des écoles publiques à cet effort.
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                                    <p>Le ministre de l'Agriculture, de l'Alimentation et des Forêts, Julien Denormandie, a déclaré mercredi que les 50 millions d'arbres seraient plantés dans un plan de 200 millions d'euros prévoyant des températures plus chaudes dans les décennies à venir.

Finding tree species adapted to global warming affecting the average temperature in France, as well as enough seeds and plants, will be a big challenge, especially nurseries, the minister said on video on the Cultivonsnous.tv site.

“Take the ash groves for example,” Denormandie said. “Ash trees need some moisture, and there are many places where we know that if we replant ash trees, in 30 or 40 years, they won’t be able to resist.

The minister said the plan would involve sustainable use of forest resources, unlike critics who want to leave forests intact in the name of environmental protection.

“A forest must be protected and cultivated, just as the land is protected and cultivated,” said the minister.

The minister said he wanted to involve public schools in the project in order to raise awareness of climate change issues.

“Giving students the chance to see how a restocking and reforestation plan works is a great opportunity to integrate them into projects,” Denormandie said.

(with AFP)

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