In Portugal, many agricultural lands were more and more neglected by owners, what gave birth to huge forest areas.
The paper industry being substantial and money-making in the country, an intensive monoculture of maritime pines and mainly of eucalyptus rapidly developed. Eucalyptus are thus required for paper production but are also highly invasive and inflammable.
Coping for a few years with intense heatwaves in summer, Portugal is also confronted to the increase in forest fires. They are more and more intense, more and more devastating… and more and more deadly.
For the Fondation Yves Rocher, Spanish photographer Juan Manuel Castro Prieto, member of VU’, went in the devastated forests of Monchique, south Portugal, in order to show the damages caused by this curse and to meet men and women who fight to contain it. With his characteristic style, mixing art and documentary, Castro Preto brings a humane and compassionate touch to this ravaged nature.
In partnership with the Fondation Yves Rocher.