International Union for Conservation of Nature

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN has evolved into the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its 1,300 Member organisations and the input of some 10,000 experts. IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. Our experts are organised into six commissions dedicated to species survival, environmental law, protected areas, social and economic policy, ecosystem management, and education and communication

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France - IUCN Partnership

For 12 years, France and IUCN have enjoyed a strategic partnership, to support French policies internationally and to increase complementarities between nature and development. The partnership aims to demonstrate that nature conservation helps to overcome the challenges facing the world, including climate change, food security, and the security of water supply.
As the Minister of the Ecological and Solidarity Transition calls for "France to embark on a new course ... and to set biodiversity as a crucial issues of the 21st century", the reception by France of the IUCN World Conservation Congress from 11 to 19 June, 2020 in Marseilles, will be the occasion to tighten these links again and to accentuate the mobilization of the protectors of the nature.


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French National Committee of IUCN

The French National Committee of IUCN is the second in the world by the number of its members, after the United States. Created in 1992, the French Committee of IUCN is the network of organizations and experts of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature in France. It aims to contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and the sustainable and equitable use of natural resources, in line with IUCN's global mission.

It brings together 2 ministries, 8 public bodies, 42 non-governmental organizations and more than 250 experts in an original partnership, grouped into specialized committees and thematic working groups. Through this diversity , the French Committee of IUCN constitutes a unique platform for dialogue, expertise and action on biodiversity issues, also involving businesses and local communities.

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Town of Fontainebleau, France

Located southeast of Paris, the town is known for its Castle, built and embellished  through centuries by French royalty.
It's also IUCN's birthplace. The city of Fontainebleau's territory  is occupied 98% by forest. This forest became the world's first protected nature area, back in 1861, three years before the protection of Yosemite's lanscapes (1864) and 10 years before the creation of the Yellowstone National Park (1872). The Barbizon Painters obtained from Napoleon the Third the protection of an area of ​​1,097 hectares as an "artistic reserve", making the Forest of Fontainebleau, the first "living museum dedicated to nature."

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A global Luxury group, Kering manages the development of a series of renowned Maisons in Fashion, Leather Goods, Jewelry and Watchmaking: Gucci, Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Brioni, Boucheron, Pomellato, Dodo, Qeelin, Ulysse Nardin, Girard-Perregaux, as well as Kering Eyewear. By placing creativity at the heart of its strategy, Kering enables its Maisons to set new limits in terms of their creative expression while crafting tomorrow's Luxury in a sustainable and responsible way. We capture these beliefs in our signature: "Empowering Imagination." In 2017, Kering had nearly 29,000 employees.

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MINES ParisTech, Geosciences

Centre of Geosciences and ISIGE (Institut Supérieur d'Ingénierie et de Gestion de l'Environnement - Higher Institute for Environmental Engineering and Management)
MINES ParisTech develops competences in geology, geophysics, geostatic, hydrology and hydro-dynamics, geo-mechanics, chemistry, nuclear physics, and system engineering. The activities aim at the mastering of the metrology of phenomena, their modelling and choice of solution. 
The current main topics are:
• exploitation of mineral raw materials and fossil fuel, in particular characterization of deposits and drilling,
• long term stability of the geological environment and installations,
• pollution of human environment,
• risk management (soil, subterranean, pollution),
• interaction between materials and environment.