Suspended to lines, attached to territory

Wind, air, trees to do good to all !

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We do not use nature - we are with nature ! Our motivation: to do something for the environment and the good of the greatest number. There are many possibilities to act in favor of terrestrial ecosystems. Close to nature and concerned with environmental issues, living simply is another value shared by many kitesurfers.

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As kitesurf practitioners in the Léman region, which is located close to Geneva, between Switzerland and France, as elsewhere, these terrestrial ecosystems concern us directly: multiplication of usages on spots, overcrowding, congestion, erosion, pollution, etc. - are just as many local issues exacerbated by awareness of the ecological and climate crisis and the need to protect the environment. All these elements constitute a challenge of sustainable development in the short and medium term for the coasts. Like all human activity, the practice has interactions with the environment. Kitesurfers feel concerned because they themselves have been able to observe changes in landscapes, terrestrial life and ecotopes on the sites and their surroundings.

"We don't change the world, we stir up clods of earth!"

There are multiple types of winds! When the disruption of ecosystems is manifested by their destruction such as with storms, we who vibrate thanks to air and wind, are affected because what feels good, suddenly no longer does.

The border region of Lake Geneva, located between France and Switzerland, is affected by local pressures and climate change, as those of other neighboring lakes. Partner of the National Forestry Office and the local municipality, the MADONKITE Project repairs terrestrial ecosystems in this region.


In the area of Mont-Blanc, in the municipality of Magland, 40 km from Lake Geneva which is a privileged navigation site for this border region, the storm of 07/01/2019 completely destroyed 87 hectares of this communal forest renowned in Haute-Savoie. At least 39 hectares must be reforested as soon as possible. The MADONKITE project participates in its reconstitution by planting in open ground on the plots damaged by the tornado, on the left bank of the communal forest. Click for the GPS coordinates of the location in question.

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Young sprouts of larch and maple in Magland  forest (July 2021)

Sponsoring trees

By sponsoring trees, you are contributing to the preservation of the environment for the benefit of the greatest number. The MADONKITE project thus expresses the value it brings to preserve shade for protection against future heat waves, to take care of terrestrial ecosystems and to promote the diversity of the living - plants, animals and humans - on and around practice sites.

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I am a kitesurfer, I kite-the-lead for nature !

Collected funds will be used to plant in Magland and around other windy areas.

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This area constitutes the habitat of large  wild animals in which the mountain spruce beech forest grows. The trees planted are as such, integrated in the middle of a mixed and rich vegetation composed of shrubs and trees such as raspberry, willow, American elm, spruce, white fir, red and white spruce, balsam fir, poplar, Japanese cryptomeria, white ash, beech, hazel, eastern hemlock, green douglas, yew.

What this means for us

Reforesting a disaster affected area, what does it mean for us? The same as sailing: repairing, caring, connecting with oneself, humanity and all the living. Source of protection against heat waves, biodiversity, good quality air, we are planting the forest of tomorrow. The project aims to reconstitute a landscape which is now devastated and the stands in drinking water catchment areas, to reconstitute the forest stands at stake of protection against natural risks (rock fall, landslides, torrential erosion), and to reconstitute the destroyed forest and its timber production capacity.
 

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By acting locally in the Léman area, the project contributes to the following global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): 

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In partnership with
Magland municipality, owner of the concerned forest, and the National Forest Office.

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