This film documents the efforts of a community nature restoration project in Galicia, Spain, that is working to replace industrially-planted trees with native species.
In the 1940s, the state usurped the land neighbouring the community, deforested it and replanted pine and eucalyptus trees, which overpowered the native plant and tree species. The pine and eucalyptus made the area more vulnerable to wildfires, and resulted in a severe loss of biodiversity.
The Froxán community regained ownership of their land and are now working together to restore natural plant and tree species, as well as developing a connection with the land that they can share with future generations.
This film is part of a series examining the critical contributions that Indigenous peoples and local communities make to protecting the world’s biodiversity, and complements the Local Biodiversity Outlooks. It is a collaboration between the Local Biodiversity Outlooks, If Not Us Then Who? and Nia Tero.
Other films in this series:
- Traditional knowledge provides resilience to a changing climate
- Nana Yala (Mother Earth)
- Zenu Indigenous Women: Protectors and Growers of Mother Earth
- Li Kiampka (Our descendants)
- Minta Ari – Constant rain in a Dayak community in Indonesia
- How the Ogiek of Kenya are using mapping to advocate for their land rights
- A Pgaz K’Nyau community in northern Thailand supports biodiversity and their local economy by producing honey
- Tarimat Pujut: Living in Harmony with Nature in Peru