The Salento is naked,
it has lost its foliages
it has lost its oxygen
it has lost its shade

We want to plant trees,
recreate Biodiversity,
fight Desertification,
leave a Green Legacy.

Our ambition is to recreate a forest.

11 million olive trees in the Salento are gravely ill; they have lost their foliage and no longer generate oxygen. Over the last 150 years this vast expanse of olive trees has been a unique green lung, giving the landscape of southern Puglia its identity. Now, because of the phenomenon of Olive Quick Decline Syndrome compounded by the Xylella bacteria, the landscape is reduced to an expanse of dry trunks and branches, presenting a uniformly grey mantle.

Reforesting Salento starting from "Bosco Belvedere"

We propose to recreate the forest in the heart of the Basso Salento, in the territory of the Paduli, where the ancient Belvedere Wood once stood. This former paradise of biodiversity, with its oaks, holm oaks, ash trees, elms, Mediterranean scrub, and wetlands, was cleared at the end of the 19th Century to make room for olive monoculture, a spread of olive groves that today survives only as a forest of ghosts.



By acquiring abandoned land – to be purchased, loaned, donated, or rented – which will be achieved through a major campaign of sensibilization both of the public and of the authorities. By setting in motion ‘the centripetal force of the Paduli’ in collaboration with the local community so that all feel the urgent need to reconnect with this once rich & fertile land (now abandoned because of ‘the catastrophe of the olives’) with their feet, their hands, their minds and their hearts. By working in synergy with the University of the Salento and their Botanical Gardens, with whom we have established an agreement to study the territory of Manu Manu Riforesta!, to plan the land’s cultivation and the plants adapted to it, and to take into consideration the problem of climate change and progressive desertification.

Help us to give oxygen to Salento

We need help to buy lands, promote researches, plant and guarantee care through time.

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Written and directed by Bruna Rotunno ©2020 | Produced by Manu Manu Riforesta!

Shade and light, destruction and rebirth. “Canto” and “Controcanto”.

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The Belvedere Wood

The agricultural area of the Salento known as the Paduli is bounded by an almost ellipsoidal line of c.40km that extends from Scorrano to Miggiano.

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CoDiRo and Xylella

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