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The landscape of Iceland has changed a lot in a thousand years. When the Vikings first arrived in the ninth century, the land was covered in 25 to 40 percent forest. ➡ Subscribe: http://bit.ly/NatGeoSubscribe ➡ Get More Short Film Showcase: http://bit.ly/ShortFilmShowcase About Short Film Showcase: The Short Film Showcase spotlights exceptional short videos created by filmmakers from around the web and selected by National Geographic editors. We look for work that affirms National Geographic's belief in the power of science, exploration, and storytelling to change the world. The filmmakers created the content presented, and the opinions expressed are their own, not those of National Geographic Partners. Know of a great short film that should be part of our Showcase? Email sfs@natgeo.com to submit a video for consideration. See more from National Geographic's Short Film Showcase at http://documentary.com Get More National Geographic: Official Site: http://bit.ly/NatGeoOfficialSite Facebook: http://bit.ly/FBNatGeo Twitter: http://bit.ly/NatGeoTwitter Instagram: http://bit.ly/NatGeoInsta Within a few centuries, almost all of the island’s trees were slashed and burned to make room for farming. This rapid deforestation has resulted in massive soil erosion that puts the island at risk for desertification. Today, the Icelandic Forest Service has taken on the mammoth task of bringing back the woodlands. With the help of forestry societies and forest farmers, Iceland’s trees are slowly beginning to make a comeback. Watch this short film by Euforgen to learn more about how their efforts are working to benefit Iceland's economy and ecology through forestry. Produced by Duckrabbit: http://www.duckrabbit.info/ Directed by Ewa Hermanowicz.: https://ehermanowicz.wordpress.com/ Euforgen: http://www.euforgen.org/about-us/news/news-detail/regreening-iceland/ Icelandic Forest Service: http://www.skogur.is/english About National Geographic: National Geographic is the world's premium destination for science, exploration, and adventure. Through their world-class scientists, photographers, journalists, and filmmakers, Nat Geo gets you closer to the stories that matter and past the edge of what's possible. Iceland Is Growing New Forests for the First Time in 1,000 Years | Short Film Showcase https://youtu.be/pnRNdbqXu1I National Geographic https://www.youtube.com/natgeo
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National Geographic (9 months ago)
Who knew selecting the right kinds of trees to plant could be such a difficult task? What do you think about Pröstur's efforts to combat deforestation in Iceland?
Metha Suraj (7 days ago)
You guys are showing a right path to humanity. Keep showing us good and valuable things we will learn out of it
zen strata (9 days ago)
The Forest is always worth having. We need more of them. Much more.
acarriere30 (19 days ago)
well in canada we get a large group of people willing to help replant trees its a fun hobby plus you have this feeling your giving mother nature back.
Lsa F (23 days ago)
We need genius like him all over the world, in particular around the Panama canal area which is being abused and depleted.
Lenilyn Escabosa (8 hours ago)
Love agriculture and forestry.
Santosh Sharma (16 hours ago)
Iceland is my dream country to visit 😍
anantha ramayya (20 hours ago)
frow in shara desert
Richmond Bacus (23 hours ago)
I saw Metuselah's mountain from the movie "Noah" 😀
mindyourownbusiness (1 day ago)
Go Iceland!!
made bagus (1 day ago)
I want making like tha in sahara
BLUE TEA india (1 day ago)
India??? Where are you Govt?
THE BLACK NAN (3 days ago)
I don’t get why ice land is called ice land because ice land doesn’t even have ice and look at green land a lot of ice
m s (3 days ago)
Difficult, but needed task. I wish you luck, Iceland!
crazyvidz CV (3 days ago)
I would love to build a pagan church with some of that timber!
William Baker (3 days ago)
🤣 I'm loving the comments. Not a one of your lives a maximum recycle life cycle, let alone plants gardens and trees, you're iPhone users on YouTube with no real knowledge.
Lee Murray (4 days ago)
This past summer, I was amazed and so happy to see so many more trees in Iceland than I saw the year before. Thank you so much, it's wonderful to see them coming back!
Jx42 (5 days ago)
Maybe we could genetically engineer a plant that grows on mars and makes it habitable.
Mega Upstairs (5 days ago)
so they plant them to harvest all after 10-20 years
tom wall (6 days ago)
Its nice to know people are doing good in the world
Ever So Mellow (6 days ago)
Yeahh dude cutting lumber was wearing a zeppelin shirt!
Judi Spackman (6 days ago)
And then here comes to blow up all over [volcano}
Garrett Oursler (8 days ago)
Can you also urge them to stop fishing for whales
BalkanTimberMan (8 days ago)
Make Icelnad great again!
Ravi Atukula (9 days ago)
India should do the same...
KeZaRo0 (9 days ago)
-20C desert .... that sounds pretty *cool*
Type your Name (10 days ago)
Veagans are Killing our plants!!!
Micha (10 days ago)
I watch this video second time. And second time im impressed. Effort of this people should be highly respected! I also want to plant some trees in my forest and after watching this video i have to reconsider species.
burning coin collector (10 days ago)
I wish the whole world do that like in the Amazon they should plant 30 million trees every year there because every 2 minute 40 football fields worth of trees are cut down 😭
Brain (11 days ago)
Be a part of America and we’ll help ya out
Flying_Dutchman (9 days ago)
Brain haha that was a good joke, never heard that one b4. Thanks for making me laugh :)
just a parrot (12 days ago)
Why for the first time in 1000 years??
guloguloguy (13 days ago)
....What about Allan Savory's theory about using grazing animals to restore desertified lands?!!....
Ad Mirer (13 days ago)
Even Greenland now has small forests.
Ян Н. (15 days ago)
Don't see in comments *ssons and *dottirs :-(
Naum Hyggjudóttir (9 days ago)
Ян Н. Probably because there's 1.6 million views and the population of Iceland is only 360,000. :-P
Mikk Hartt (17 days ago)
Awesome!! I am a Forestry Engeneer (Diplom Ingenieur Fachrichtung Wald - und Forstwirtschaft). I studied in Weihenstephan, Bavaria GERMANY and I would like to help in this great Project. Where can I apply for a Job? Thx for Info 😀
Anmordal-Swe (18 days ago)
"The series "Vikings" made me believe there where never any trees on Iceland. God i feel stupid!
Phil L (19 days ago)
National geographic: 5 minute short story on building forests 45 minute documentary on coca cola factory
Michael Benhuri (20 days ago)
Seems like animal agriculture is the real culprit and should be stopped
Al Morrison (20 days ago)
Love the comment about the pagan church.
Maxxon (15 days ago)
i thought that was cool too
Don Ilkka (20 days ago)
CO2 is not mentioned. Elevated concentrations of atmospheric carbon dioxide enhance photosynthesis and plant growth. Check out LIA (Leaf Area Index).
Gonzales Frederic (20 days ago)
Instead of having lslam arriving in lceland, we need this
Nasreen Fathima (20 days ago)
Forest Santa in Newziland
Alison Tahiri (21 days ago)
I love the approach and the concern to the problem. I think more films like this should be made in order to inspire people to give hope that this planet can be "healed" and its not too late. I would recommend to integrate and make ordinary people as part of the process. They would feel that the forest is their creation and create a bond with nature that would last for generations.
boxbutterfly (21 days ago)
We need to do this in India.
Shiv Kumar (21 days ago)
I always wanted to be a part of something like this..❤️❤️
Bonkilonk Smith (22 days ago)
Did they grow forests 1000 years ago?
Deborah O'brien (23 days ago)
We must put back what we destroy.. "Grow more Hemp"..
Nathaniel Anderson (23 days ago)
You need fungus to support trees.
Bon Chance (23 days ago)
Bravo ! Beautiful Brave Strong Iceland
Gerakan Konservasi Binatang Indonesia (24 days ago)
Thank you for sharing your knowledge, may God always be with you and the universe is always breastfeeding us
Ferdinand Schultz (24 days ago)
Are there wildboars on iceland ?
Investor Jess (24 days ago)
Nature is our greatest treasure we need to take care of it as it takes care of us
Woman of Substance (24 days ago)
Good for you, Iceland!
Michael Tveten (25 days ago)
It’s very encouraging to see people who are devoted to perpetuating human existence, yet I cannot deny the fact WE are over-populating our planet, and nearing critical mass. I just hope that my attitude never discourages the endeavors of hard-working people. After millions of years that this planet has endured, it would be blasphemous if 10,000 years of mankind erased it away. A mere “blink” having such an impact on a near eternity.......It’s a lot to digest, how progressive we can be, and yet, so destructive. But we’re just trying to survive. “They know not, what they do”.....Sigh.
blakespower (25 days ago)
the UK should be all forests too!
SMGJohn (25 days ago)
Iceland, Scotland and Ireland used to be flush with forests, most of it was cut down during the middle ages to clear land for farming and even more so during the feudal times.
blakespower (25 days ago)
they said a grey squirrel could travel from the east coast of the USA all the way to the Mississippi river just jumping from tree to tree!
TK (25 days ago)
Is that Hallormsstaður?
ChefGiovanni (25 days ago)
Great to see the green thumb in Iceland.
alex jervis (26 days ago)
For bleak, wind wept areas, Walls made with old motor tyres will serve well. They are cheap and long lasting. They can be re arranged at will. They afford shelter habitat for plants and animals. They absorb all the available radiant heat and warm the atmosphere. They recycle waste materials.
Geek Gamer (27 days ago)
We learned science through nature and we should save nature through science
sarupi (27 days ago)
It seems that the whole purpose of humans is to destroy the planet. Good they are trying to help.
Laura Veysset (27 days ago)
What about mapple trees?
Sirajuddin Qureshi (27 days ago)
Ultimate science applied with its intel, such a motivating person, ecofriendly , hope we could also do the same in our country on a larger scale (INDIA)
Vincent B Mathew (27 days ago)
Anti-GMO brainlets BTFO!
CraftWithAlex (28 days ago)
(Remove this if you don’t like ads) Switch your search engine to Ecosia. It plants trees from the ad revenue from searches, helps delay human extinction due to excessive consumption of resources, and it’s free. thank you for your time
R WORLD MUSIC (1 month ago)
4:08 amazing
J O (1 month ago)
Good keep going
Jacob Cibrain (1 month ago)
I’m glad the redwood forest never got this bad
perry kilauano (1 month ago)
He said humans can knock forests down one speed, but it’s easily countered by simply planting saplings. Like couple month old trees. Like it’s very simple if we put the effort.
Reynaldiyk (1 month ago)
Iceland = Green, Greenland = Ice
Nicholas James (1 month ago)
Fantastic insight. Hope the planting continues. Nick New Zealand
kaka (1 month ago)
nice place
Zafar abbas (1 month ago)
Hey National Geographic, Pakistan is Growing 10 billion Trees! Make a documentry about that!
Jeff Calvin (1 month ago)
Question: is it bigger than this earth? Answer: sir, can you repeat the question?
Butter Kitchen (1 month ago)
"I want to build a pagan church" lol
TheKlink (1 month ago)
none of those trees will have taproots. please consier a see planting project in the shadow of the the transplanted trees as well.
DOGAN BAYRAK (1 month ago)
well done !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jade Lochrie (1 month ago)
Only one problem your cutting them down why not keep 90 per cent and expand that across Iceland or the world for that matter
premiercconstruction (1 month ago)
Love this sooooo much. Why is their not much much much more of this.....
stephen nelson (1 month ago)
and what kind of fertilizer do you use . is it the slaughter whales that iceland kills
James Humphrey (1 month ago)
lock him up !
Emiliano Figueros Barros (1 month ago)
This guy is Earth´s guardian angel
Livia Reyna (1 month ago)
The worst example or the best example
NeoRipshaft (1 month ago)
Elections have consequences. Good choices are your choices to make. Make sure you and everyone around you is educated on the bare minimum to maintain the planet, and vote accordingly.
wala lihowa (1 month ago)
Over grassing that's the cause of desertification
Po (1 month ago)
jangan ditebangi hutannya
Keith Allen (1 month ago)
Way to go Iceland !
NvmMind 0616 (1 month ago)
To help with droughts, plant more grass. grass with long roots to help fill empty aquifers below the surface. Cool video. Hope it is not too expensive for people to buy the products.
Aman ForYou (1 month ago)
Nice video 👍 👌
Matej Kemperle (1 month ago)
Just been there, hard to find a forest on the whole island really
venkata ramana maruthi mahesh kandala (1 month ago)
This video proves again the TRUTH :: Take Nothing, Literally Nothing -- For Granted.. Great Initiative, and I feel Truly Inspirational and Positive.
christian elgin (1 month ago)
“Help build a pagan church...”...?? I would say no to that!!!
Clay Steele (1 month ago)
This made me feel optimistic.
OnySi TV (1 month ago)
now do this to rapa nui.
Q-Team Member#1130405 (1 month ago)
"Can you help me build a pagan church"? Ummm NO!
olav Santiago (1 month ago)
The seeds didn't grow well as the soil ecology was not considered. Before looking into the genetics of the plant, microbiome communities of the soil should be assessed.
s0012823 (1 month ago)
This thing needs to learn how to adapt, Murph. Like the rest of us....
john os (1 month ago)
What species of conifer tree did you choose?
PresidentialWinner (1 month ago)
He is an extremely kind and great person, and speaks fluent english.
Far North Weaver (1 month ago)
Bravo Iceland!!! It's beautiful! Thank you for growing such lovely trees!
Clément Brustel (1 month ago)
But Iceland is still killing endangered whales.
Kristjan Logason (1 month ago)
A man of culture (1 month ago)
Don’t grow a forest, build Stefan Karl’s statue..
Adan Phu (1 month ago)
You are such a good person! You are making the world a better place!!!
K C (1 month ago)
Hello, hemp if they want to use it to take down later. Grows faster for that. Although I love what they're doing. Wonderful :)