Biodiversity hotspots represent regions whose natural heritage is the richest but also the most threatened, and which are therefore a priority in terms of conservation. These sites are mostly located in the intertropical zone because this zone is by far the richest on the planet in terms of biodiversity: half of the plant species and a third of the terrestrial vertebrate species are confined to only 1.4% of the continents surface! It is estimated, for example, that there is more biodiversity in one hectare of Borneo than in all of Siberia.
Located in the southwest of Madagascar, the Makay Massif is a gigantic labyrinth of canyons isolated from the world and the first terrain on which we engaged. We have conducted four major scientific expeditions and obtained its classification as a Protected Area. Today we support a holistic conservation and local development program led by the association Naturevolution Madagascar.
Sulawesi – Indonesia
The karst complexes of Sulawesi Tenggara on the island of Sulawesi is the second field of action on which Naturevolution is engaged. The terrestrial mountain ranges are home to Sulawesi’s last great wilderness, while the archipelagos of Labengki & Sombori are home to the rich coral reefs of the Coral Triangle. We are now developing the first conservation projects with a network of local partners.
Scoresby Sund is the largest fjord system in the world. Majestic glaciers coming from an ice cap at more than 2000m altitude flow into sublime fjords and calve numerous icebergs, a few steps away from vast expanses of tundra sheltering migratory birds and musk oxen. This territory where warming is three to four times faster than elsewhere is ideal for studying the consequences of the climate crisis. Naturevolution led a transdisciplinary scientific expedition there in 2016.
And in Europe
Naturevolution is deploying a program in France to enhance the value of our action sites, combined with a range of actions to raise awareness about nature protection. Whether they are intended for the general public, schools or companies, we use the whole range of available media: films, videos, exhibitions, festivals, radio interventions, books and educational activities. We also join advocacy efforts for broad societal change.