ONF, an Investment for the Future
France’s National Forestry Board (ONF) is a major forestry body that promotes the commercial and heritage value of France’s public woodlands. Today, Total Foundation is its prime sponsor. This commitment is based on a three-year framework agreement to support projects that fight climate change, manage natural risks and raise awareness about protecting forest and their biodiversity.
In mainland France, forests are chiefly threatened by fires, disease and the initial effects of global warming. In 2019, we are supporting six campaigns to address these challenges: reforesting state-owned Aquitaine and Bastard coastal forests with plants and species that are most resistant to global warming, transforming woodlands to replace diseased species in the Verdun and Nord-Pas-de-Calais forests, and reconstituting fire-damaged vegetation in the Gâvre and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie forests. All these projects were chosen for their local importance and iconic status. They require ONF expertise to anticipate climate change over the coming decades and thereby better adapt to it and help reduce the impacts. These actions are by their very nature long-term initiatives.
Apart from their importance to the environment, these forests contribute significantly to the wood industry as part of sustainable forest management. They also and provide local communities with oxygenated outdoor spaces where they can socialize.
Key figures about France’s forests:
- 17 million hectares and 38 species of trees in mainland France.
- 8.7 million hectares in overseas France.
- 70 million metric tons of CO2 absorbed each year.