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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 (1 year 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?
Sports Pick (4 days ago)
+aann33ss NO - we do not need any new religions.
Jackson (9 days ago)
Why are they trying to grow a different variety of the same species? It would be much easier, and will eventually happen by nature despite our best efforts, to simply plant species adapted to those milder winters like tree species of the temperate regions.
Jonathon Frazier (9 days ago)
National Geographic try Dawn Redwoods. I bet they would take off.
MrMus TangMan (9 days ago)
wonderful.!!!!!! this can be accomplished anywhere......
25411959 (6 hours ago)
ValirAmaril (13 hours ago)
"Hello, I want to build a pagan church. Can you help us?"
JCI1990 (1 day ago)
dont let the freaking cattle eat everything then... Build a fence. Like most people
mradhayuda1 (1 day ago)
Is that gmo treee?
Andre Williams (4 days ago)
Great jobs if only we can get people like this in the rainforest.
omnivorapedia (4 days ago)
Good *boy* iceland
Xoze Luiz (4 days ago)
What ever happened to the natives there. The people are the ones we should be worried about, what ever happened to them...
Immerteal (4 days ago)
I thought Iceland had no trees because its soil consists of 10 centimeters of dirt and then just rocks.
chulieho (5 days ago)
job good thanks
J C (7 days ago)
They'll melt permafrost
Jackson (7 days ago)
The climate is changing they need to plant everything and see what grows instead of the attempts to engineer a solution.
Danny Knowles (7 days ago)
What a shame that he is making Iceland a non-native landscape which will not support the original wildlife properly. Pine mono-culture ruins landscapes and ecosystems. Scandinavian pines have ruined Scotland’s natural ecosystems. They support few animals or birds or insects. A curse on the land.
thomas Rose (8 days ago)
I know they will succeed they are proud of their country and also they have abundance of hot underground water for many uses heating homes keeping streets and sidewalks ice and snow clean and making power good luck Iceland
Lisa Loves (8 days ago)
I want to build a pagan church ,What ?! They show one spot of some trees dying and the rest of the time we see all these beautiful forest ! ?
John Mondovi (8 days ago)
Iceland is the worst example of deforestation? I think you mean a good example of some of the worst deforestation.
daniel jackson (8 days ago)
I've been to Iceland and it is one of my favorite places. The people are kind and the landscapes are breathtaking.
Ali Finley (8 days ago)
Pagan church? Awesome.
kinn grimm (8 days ago)
"We want to build a Pegan Church, can you help us? ... Yes of course" hrhr
Lohith Reddy (8 days ago)
Make Iceland Green again
Opinion Owner (8 days ago)
"Could you help us build a pagan church?" - LMAO
Pheel Macababe (9 days ago)
you know if humans are so smart at chopping down trees and using them efficiently then why cant we be smart enough to replant them and like he said use the prime seedlings to create RESILIENT forests that will last for hundreds or thousands of years
Frank Shifreen (9 days ago)
Great video - how positive - environmental
Jay Pastrana (9 days ago)
Plant mangoes and papaya trees. Your region will probably inherit much of the tropical climate of asia. How's that for climate shift.
Itsa Games (9 days ago)
try planting hemp i would love to be a tree planter gunner out of a helicopter shooting seedlings into the countryside with a modified 50 cal
artoru vidal2 (9 days ago)
Soon Muslims will destroy it
Chris laplant (10 days ago)
where the hard wood trees?
786otto (10 days ago)
Miss Cameroon (10 days ago)
Good for you,I always wondered why there are no trees there,but now i know people cut them down,Well so now lets hope you can grow new forest and make the country more habitable and beautiful
Mike Miller (10 days ago)
So, if you lack trees.... plant trees. Why the tearful, piano music laced Eco drama? Just plant trees.
Craig Mutumbi (10 days ago)
3:06 *Opens doors* Music: du ding
Jonathon Frazier (10 days ago)
try Dawn Redwoods. I bet theyd take off.
Drone Calderon (10 days ago)
Grow Hemp
Doc Tom (10 days ago)
What? you mean it was warmer 1000 years ago??????????????
Ishit Unot (10 days ago)
Why would more than 900 muppets vote against Iceland wanting to re-forest its land?
pi namaste (11 days ago)
Go Iceland go!
Owen Ward (11 days ago)
Where all the trees in the video planted trees or pre existing forests
Didivs Ivlianvs (11 days ago)
Global warming means you have a greater choice of trees and they will grow faster. Just not Siberian Larch.
Andrew Phillips (11 days ago)
I have been to Iceland twice. I have seen the new planted forests, and wondered if landowners had to pay for the seedlings to be planted on their property, or if the government paid for it? Iceland is the most beautiful, seemingly untouched places I have been. The Icelandic people are the nicest! I cannot wait to go back!
Alec Hemy (11 days ago)
You can't just plant ancient forest coppice is way forward
Rubens 14 (11 days ago)
Just plant japanese elm or chinese elm they grow everywere
pizdafsem777 (11 days ago)
a pagan church, porun approves
Xeper-I-Set (10 days ago)
''pagan church'' is like saying ''christian mosque''
JUSTACHIPN (12 days ago)
Idiots mismanage their environment and then blame it on "global warming" because the top soil is washed away and then they're too stupid to do proper replanting... when we here in California logout an area then replant OUR SEEDLING ARE 14, 16, 24"+ TALL... not the pathetic 2" or 3" seedlings shown here SMH we also use moisture absorbing rootbags w/seedlings if super dry soil or ever all rock !!! We also grow and harden our seedling for sunlight and less watering... that's just a taste...
GotDramaAllergy (12 days ago)
Best Wishes To Iceland!!!!! More Success!!!
Scott Lavoie (12 days ago)
Amazing !!
Naqeeb Ahmad (13 days ago)
Is there any side effects of genetically produced seeds or trees?? Anybody please answer. Thanks
Imperial Dork (12 days ago)
the side effect is that they grow faster and are better for the soil
Tim OB (13 days ago)
My friend has been growing trees there for years.... he does quite nicely
Eurasia29 (14 days ago)
Make Iceland green again. If you go to Iceland, don't forget that nature is fragile. A tree grows slowly. In case of volcanic eruption, the ashes can kill it instantly. But your feet can kill it too. Never walk outside the trails.
ahrlj24 (5 days ago)
no trails in iceland
Kristopher Miller (14 days ago)
I didn't know Iceland ever even had forests. I thought it was so far north that only grasses grew there.
Nomad Damon (15 days ago)
What a great message and video. I love forest. So relaxing to see something so beautiful and to walk through all that greenery.
Mitchell llehctiM (15 days ago)
Yeah the greedy humans destroyed the whole world, and now you see the result all over the world.
Stall Death (16 days ago)
You don’t need to plant new trees, just stop any grazing on the land, provide it with water and it should regenerate, seeds can stay dormant for a long long time
Hunter Planty (17 days ago)
The seed that we need.
Jon Fleck (17 days ago)
I can’t see the forest for the trees there.
Martin (17 days ago)
we shouldnt modify nature... they should plant birches
Martin (12 days ago)
+Imperial Dork huh?
Imperial Dork (12 days ago)
well we shouldn't have deforested most of the world so we have to make up for it somehow
qasion (18 days ago)
Beautiful country.
JoachimderZweite (19 days ago)
You who do this are the fingers of Heaven.
Bojokowski (19 days ago)
I’d rather have the ice
fleetlordavtar (19 days ago)
It's always comforting to hear from a spiritual leader about our great mother gaia
Aidy Madd (19 days ago)
Nice one....
pat saultz (19 days ago)
"thank you global warming"
stephen lang (20 days ago)
They should definitely do that with Easter Island.
gregg horner (4 days ago)
Makes sense. It would take only a few years to reestablish the native palms.
Koaasst (21 days ago)
beach volleyball in Iceland.... nice.
Sohiroh (21 days ago)
Why the dislikes?! Wtf?
Thomas Wery (21 days ago)
Adda 👦 nice job
First Last (23 days ago)
That exactly what happened in israel. Over 2000 years of sheep and goat grazing, devastated the landscape. Now it is green again.
you2tooyou2too (23 days ago)
Wow, lunar to arborial beauty. When I lived there 20 years ago, the 'National Forest' was a short sparse piney wood of only a few dozen (hundred?) acres (that I ever saw), but the widening network of geothermal energy (heat & electric & water) to replace the rural demand for wood might bode well for this new forest emergence. The soil micro-biome will take quite a lot of beating into the new plowshare of richer agri/arboriculture.
Jennifer Snyder (23 days ago)
Bravo for your outstanding contribution to forest conservation and the protection of our planet earth.
KB Peters (23 days ago)
Deforestation happened in Scotland too.
andre luiz (23 days ago)
You need cows, for exemple, the Belted Galloway, to eat these grasses and fertilize the soil. These beasts are suited for cold climates.
Yt Yt (24 days ago)
Did I hear this correctly? They’re reforesting Iceland with NON-NATIVE species?? Surely that’s going to make it even worse! Absolutely asinine idea.
Imperial Dork (12 days ago)
the native species is dying, its better than no trees
PrinceIcyWolf Alpha (24 days ago)
We need this in U.S.
bublla __ (24 days ago)
omfg 1:24 so beautiful i have to live there
Roy Tee (14 days ago)
Starkly beautiful landscape, like the American West but with more water and more green. BTW that particular waterfall (Skógafoss) is ginormous and a major tourist attraction. Crowds of visitors.
BiffTannen2015 (24 days ago)
Atif momin (25 days ago)
Keep it up guy's
Karan Agarwal (25 days ago)
There's only 200 years of Earth's life left. A deadly virus called homospians are on the brink of destroying it.
Tony Bradley (25 days ago)
No good planting just one kind of tree. Nothing can live in an artificial forest of one species of tree. They are empty..... devoid of life. Plant diversity is key.
Ernest Imken (25 days ago)
The earth is on a global warming cycle because the sun has an 11 year warming cycle. Sunspots will be rarely seen. Places like Greenland can benefit from this.
James Timlin (26 days ago)
Please do not involve Americans as they are not well educated. ​America continues to demonstrate why they are ranked 17th in the world in education! The so called leader of the free world tells the world that climate change is a hoax. I guess that is making America great again? As the world witnessed this week Trump's cabinet members could not understand why the furlough (not getting paid) government workers would have to go to food banks and why they could not go to a bank and get a loan after 35 days without pay.
Clinton Reisig (28 days ago)
Ricardo sotil (28 days ago)
Should need new trees I have been to your Forrest, and your people have been to my place and feel two kinds of trees will do wonderful in ice land hybrid willows, and dawn redwoods! Your climate is perfect or at least I feel it’s worth a try! Riki from sotil tree service in Connecticut USA
Paul Smallriver (28 days ago)
Hopefully this is not monoculture, but rather several interspersed species.
Dave Banner (28 days ago)
Ben Lindsay (28 days ago)
Surely hemp is a better resource to use for building.
Forest Immortal (28 days ago)
Good job !
Tamar (28 days ago)
Is this possible on the Latin American plains as well?
Lone wolf productions (29 days ago)
thank god some folk have their heads screwed on properly
James Anagnos (29 days ago)
plant the seedlings in grow bags not containers for healthy strong roots that dont circle at the bottom of the pot causing the tree health problems for the rest of its life
Mark Sturdey (29 days ago)
We all need to plant more trees..!!!!
Coral Monty (29 days ago)
American red squirrels
onepcwhiz (29 days ago)
Thank goodness for climate change to bring them back!
billiondollardan (29 days ago)
This is what happened to the Scottish highlands. People utterly deforest areas when we don't consider the consequences of our actions also how is this man's accent so perfect? wow
hygtfrde vgdsehy (30 days ago)
You gotta have forest fires. You don't want an overgrown Forrest of mold n dead trees everywhere .
Fredrik Dunge (30 days ago)
Wait Iceland is bringing in foreign species? Isn't that your thing that you don't do that?
O C (30 days ago)
Good job Iceland! A country that locks up greedy bankers and plants trees.
Ralulles2013 (30 days ago)
Keep it up and we will jump start greenhouse reversal.
James Matthew Gallagher (1 month ago)
The visuals in this video are stunning......except the blurry, lower quality main interview. I wonder if that was a creative choice.
NimbusKhan NK (1 month ago)
Knowing Iceland, their incredibly resilient and good natured people and the close-to-mother-earth feelings that island evokes, this feels SO right...Respect, Pröstur.
Curran Kemp (1 month ago)
The climate is changing and it is good.
Professional Biologist (1 month ago)
"Do you want to help us biuld a pagan church?" WHAT!?!?!?!?