SocialForest is a social enterprise that uses sustainable forest management as a tool to mitigate climate change, reduce wildfire risk and improve the CO2 fixation capacity of forests. We are offering personal and professional training programs for young people. Our objective is to prevent them from social exclusion.
In march 2018, the unemployment rate for people under 25 in Spain stood at 36.3%. The EU has a youth unemployment rate of 16.8%. SocialForest cannot and does not want to accept such a high rate. This is why we will do everything in our power to combat these social evils.
Our approach is easy: we train youngsters with our “Forest Coaching” concept and offe the possibility to prove themselves in the world of work and find a job they enjoy that supports a good standard of living. Forest Coaching – a unique concept taking advantage of the therapeutic effect of the forest in order to make youngsters acquire professional competences and soft skills in an easy and natural way. What matters to us at SocialForest, is that these young people experience a positive transformation of attitude towards themselves and their lives by learning and working in the forest. Through this work we are able to reduce the social and health care systems’ costs as the state no longer has to provide for unemployed young people. Moreover, they are more equable due to hard physical work in nature which has positive effects on their health and well-being.
Currently we are carrying out a agroforest training for refugee minors without documents near to Barcelona. SocialForest is a sustainable forestry company certified by PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification). SocialForest has already worked in a multitude of forest fire prevention projects. We open fire breaks around villages and urban zones to prevent forest fire being caused by human action and people being harmed by forest fires breaking out nearby villages.