The Plan for Generations stipulates that areas of public or private land, as the case may be, are to be leased from the responsible-minded local administration or philanthropic private persons respectively, to be used for renaturation and a system of ecologically sustainable and environmentally-friendly land management for a period of 100 years, free of charge and waiving the right to use the land for personal use. This will provide the opportunity to avert the imminent threat of hostile desertification caused by climate change and the continuing degradation of the landscape. Renaturation will help to stop further desertification and turn the land into an area that is fit for habitation and cultivation once more.
In this context, Trees for Greece sees itself as a charitable organisation that does not pursue any political or economic interests. We see our task as providing both financial and logistical support and assistance for projects that aim to preserve and recreate a more habitable and healthy environment, which will also offer generations to come sufficient resources needed to live.
Following a successful start to our pilot projects on the Cycladic island of Amorgos and the associated public attention and discussion of our vision, we hope to receive more similar project proposals from all over Greece.
When this happens, following an initial preliminary survey of the underlying local conditions, Trees for Greece will then commission certified specialised institutes to carry out a physical investigation of the proposed area with regard to its suitability for renaturation. After the results have been analysed, these institutes are to present an interim report illustrating under what circumstances it would be possible to create ecologically sustainable land management opportunities and, more specifically, how much effort and expenditure would be required in order to restore these regions to their original natural landscapes.
It is very important to us that the local population are involved in the entire development process from the very beginning. All local residents and any other stakeholders should be given the opportunity to actively take part in the process, both during the on-site investigations and when considering the possible uses and designs of the project areas. Everyone is encouraged to make suggestions regarding the environmentally sustainable use of the land. After the report has been presented, a democratic vote is to be held to decide upon concrete measures for further planning within the scope of the possible proposals in question. In order to support these discussions, various different side events will be organised in which similar projects in other locations will be presented.
So as to implement the intensive integration of the project work into public life, each new scheme will require the full support of its local authority, the press and of course those who are willing to dedicate their own time to the renaturation and ecologically sustainable use of the project land. During this phase, Trees for Greece is to give advice and support in the form of nationwide media coverage, information brochures and logistic and financial support for the project activists on-site.
It is intended that all projects will generate enough revenue in the medium term to become financially independent. This is why, when examining incoming project proposals, Trees for Greece always makes sure that a business model is included, the realisation of which is not only ecologically sensible and sustainably achievable, but is also realistic in terms of expected cost recovery.