Want to help tackle climate change in Spain? International Volunteer HQ’s Forest Conservation project provides a unique opportunity for volunteers to contribute to the recovery of the native forests on the Catalonia coast near Barcelona. Volunteers gain conservation and fieldwork experience whilst helping the natural forest recover from environmental degradation and creating spaces for ecological regeneration.
The main objective of the Forest Conservation project in Barcelona is to recover native forests, regenerate the entire ecosystem and nurture the environment for future generations.
The coast of Catalonia has suffered severe land degradation over the past few years. The native forests are being replaced by monocultures and urbanizations that have created heavy environmental imbalances, not only in waterways but also in the biodiversity of fauna and flora.
We are witnessing this phenomenon all over the world. It is contributing to the acceleration of climate change, the loss of biodiversity, the degradation of soils, and the contamination of waterways.
However, it is possible to reverse this trend and create more and more spaces for ecological regeneration and biodiversity, with the support of the whole community, and you as a volunteer can be part of it! This project seeks to enhance the natural heritage, reduce environmental damage, regenerate and recover natural spaces, and therefore promote biodiversity and restore ecological functions, mostly through the restoration of the native forest.
As a forest conservation volunteer, you’ll be part of the field team and have the unique opportunity to study and learn about each species, areas, and forests, and take different actions depending on the time of the year.
Fieldwork tasks include:
- Maintenance of planted native trees and shrubs
- Irrigation, mowing and padding with organic matter
- Planting native trees and shrubs
- Clearing the natural environment areas
- Harvesting and sowing oak acorn seeds, one of the native trees in this area
The volunteer will be working side by side with the coordinators of the projects, absorbing their botanical wisdom and supporting them in their daily tasks, not only in the reforested areas but also in the tree nurseries where it all starts.
The travel distance from the accommodation to the volunteering site is about one and a half hours by public transport. Please budget approximately 11€ per day for transportation.
When joining the project in winter, volunteers should be prepared for lower temperatures of between 40-60°F (5-15°C), and come equipped with warm clothing. If you volunteer during the summer, temperatures range between 77-100ºF (25-38ºC), so comfortable and light-weight clothes are recommended.Apply now