Environmental volunteering in Iceland
Erosion control and reviving the natural vegetation in the south-west of Iceland.
The project is organized since 2007 in cooperation with a local group devoted to the re-vegetation of eroded soils in the south-west of Iceland. The aim is to stop the downward spiral of erosion and to strengthen the ecosystem by enhancing its natural vegetation. The volunteers will perform three different types of work depending on the project needs: - Revegetation and erosion control using organic materials, - Removal of old fences, and - Monitoring the survival and growth of tree plantations of former years.
These tasks will be performed at several different locations in the south-west of the country. The work is physical, can at times be demanding but always rewarding. Volunteers should have a motivation for working outdoors.
The south-west is part of the volcanic belt of Iceland, with vast lava fields and erodible volcanic soils. Additionally, the area has suffered from overgrazing of sheep for a long time. Consequently the ecological condition is rather poor and some areas have completely lost their top soil. Materials like horse manure, garden waste and the likes are the best revegetation means available. We work to make way for these materials as a revegetation medium. The results of the efforts made so far can already be seen at a number of sites in the south-west of the country, with substantial contribution from international volunteers.
Our Earth is getting warmer because of an overload of CO2 in the atmosphere. Also, green plants remove carbon from the atmosphere and capture it in biomass and soil. Revegetation is one of the most effective ways to fight off climate change, especially in a land so heavily eroded as Iceland.
Project dates: June 11 - June 25, 2020 June 25 - July 10, 2020 July 10 - July 24, 2020
Find out more about this and other volunteer opportunities in Iceland at: http://cadip.org/volunteer-in-iceland