Our programs

To succeed in the formidable challenge of conserving biodiversity, we have chosen to target our actions on a few exceptional natural sites, particularly rich, largely unknown because they are extremely difficult to access and vulnerable.

We work in partnership with local actors, scientific institutions and the media to develop programs to improve knowledge and protection of these unique natural environments. And the information and audiovisual content that we draw from these scientific programs are then shared with the greatest number of people through films, photographs, books, exhibitions, cultural events… All these media are used to awaken knowledge of the world and to raise awareness of the need to respect living organisms and the sustainable management of natural resources.

Canyons of Makay
An interlacing of canyons like an impenetrable labyrinth. Makay Massif, Madagascar.

These actions are divided into 5 distinct programs conducted jointly or not, depending on the specific needs of each site:

Science and explorationThe organization of naturalist missions to inventory the living species of the most inaccessible and threatened regions of the planet, allow us to complete the knowledge of some of the last terra incognita of the planet. The knowledge acquired and the discoveries made during these missions are arguments proving the exceptional richness of these natural environments and will allow us to ask for the support of national and international environmental authorities and to define the most adequate safeguard operations.
Education and awarenessThe adventurous character of our expeditions, but also the beauty of the landscapes and our total ignorance concerning these isolated sites, are as many assets to interest and sensitize the general public in France and abroad to the preservation of the environment and the respect of the living world, through conferences, interviews, exhibitions, but also website and blog, forum, videos, slide shows, articles, documentary films, books and educational project.
At our conservation sites, we also work to educate and raise awareness about the fragility and particular richness of primary forests, the consequences of bushfires and the degradation of natural habitats. Our actions also aim to train local populations, especially the youngest, in alternatives to ancestral practices, such as slash-and-burn agriculture, in the sustainable management of their natural resources and in good environmental practices.
Restoration of degraded areasIn order to reduce or even stop the deforestation and degradation of primary forests as well as the loss of biodiversity, the decrease in soil fertility, the decrease in water levels and rainfall but also the resulting greenhouse gas emissions, we are working on reforestation of the most degraded and vulnerable areas. In particular, we are replanting native tree species to create forest corridors linking fragmented forests and thus allowing the species present to have sufficient genetic mixing to ensure their long-term survival.
EcotourismIn order to provide sufficient income to finance the actions necessary for the conservation of the selected sites, but also to improve the living conditions of the inhabitants of these regions, we work on the development of a regulated, ecological and responsible tourism. To do this, we build reception and transport infrastructures, we train local guides and porters, we develop tours in partnership with tour operators, and by integrating the constraints of the areas to be protected.
Creation and management of Protected AreasThe objective of this program is to ensure the classification and management of the Protected Areas potentially defined following our expeditions and the inventory of the actual or future degradations. It is a matter of organizing actions in the field, recruiting and training local managers, obtaining the support of national and international conservation authorities and eventually obtaining the status of Protected Area, a legal framework for the conservation actions undertaken and a significant support during negotiations with local people. It is also about distributing tourism development revenues equitably, ensuring that recommendations and prohibitions are properly implemented, and managing potential conflicts.