The European Film Forest, Iceland
Reforestation in Iceland
There were between 25% and 40% forests when people first arrived in Iceland, almost 1,150 years ago. It is estimated that by the middle of the 20th century, it comprised less than 1%, and possibly even less than 0.5%, of the entire land area.
The first settlers of the island cut vast areas of forest, using the wood for building houses, ships, and other structures as well as clearing the forest to provide space for sheep grazing.
Native woodland cover is now at a level of about 1.5% thanks to funding for afforestation and tree planting programs that have been in place for the previous few decades. In the following fifty years, the Icelandic government wants to raise that percentage to 5%.
The European Film Forest
The European Film Academy takes environmental sustainability as an important cause, and the 35th European Film Awards will be a green event from our partners to the ceremony.
The European Film Forest was established in 2020 and is located in Heiðmörk, about 9,5 km from the city of Reykjavík. The project initially aimed at offsetting the carbon emissions from business travel, and until now, we have already planted more than 3,000 trees with the help of our Icelandic partners and Academy members.
To go even further and to celebrate the 35th European Film Awards in Reykjavík, the project is now aiming to reach more opportunities for impact and we ask for your support.
Here are two ways you can help:
- We recommend a donation of € 15 per flight (based on the estimated carbon offset for a return economy flight to Iceland with an average distance of 3,000 kilometers within Europe);
- Or you can donate any value as a friendly supporter of the European Film Forest’s project, helping reforest the island.
The total amount donated will be transferred to The Icelandic Forestry Association. They will coordinate and continue the planting of trees in 2023. The European Film Academy will keep all donating guests informed about the growth of the European Film Forest.
Thank you for your support!
European Film Academy