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  • Yves Rocher foundation

    The Yves Rocher Foundation

    The Yves Rocher Foundation – Institut de France was created at the initiative of Jacques Rocher, son of Yves Rocher, the man who created Botanical Beauty. The Yves Rocher Foundation helps direct local and global environmental conservation, solidarity-based and educational actions in over 50 countries. The Yves Rocher Foundation was created in 1991 and placed under the auspices of the Institut de France in 2001. It works for a "greener world" through 2 leading actions: the "Women of the Earth" Awards and the "Plant for the Planet” Programme.

  • GEF

    GEF

    The Global Environment Facility is now the main source of public funding for projects to improve the state of the planet’s environment. It gave away up to 9 billion dollars from its capital stocks in grants. It also raised over 40 billion dollars of co-funding for more than 2 700 projects in over 165 countries. Moreover, the IMF has put together a separate 250 million dollar budget and 750 million dollars of co-funding to support SFM/REDD+.

  • FCPF

    FCPF

    The Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) is a worldwide REDD+ partnership. The FCPF helps countries with tropical and subtropical forests to develop systems and policies for REDD+ and pays them according to their emission reduction results. The FCPF complements the UNFCCC negotiations on REDD+ by demonstrating how REDD+ can be applied at the country level.

  • Firmenich

    Firmenich

    Firmenich is the largest private company in the perfume and aroma industry. Founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1895, it has produced a long list of classic fine perfumes and aromas. Its passion for taste and fragrances is the key to its success. It is known for its creativity, its capacity for innovation and its exceptional understanding of the market’s trends. Every year, it invests about 10% of its revenue in research; this reflects its ongoing will to understand, share and sublimate the best nature has to offer.

  • UNEP

    UNEP

    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was created in 1972. It is the highest environmental authority within the United Nations system. The programme acts as a catalyst. It supports, instructs, facilitates and strives to promote the sensible use and the sustainable development of the world’s environment. To do this, UNEP works with many partners including United Nations agencies, international organisations, governments, non-governmental organisations, the private sector and civil society.

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Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a world famous French photographer, filmmaker and environmentalist who has always had a passion for nature. Some of his works include Lions, Six Billion Others - Climate Voices, Earth from Above, 365 Days to Think About Our Planet and New York From the Air. He founded Altitude, the world's first aerial photography agency.

He created the GoodPlanet foundation in 2005 to raise public awareness of environmental issues and environmental protection. It became an officially recognised non-profit organisation in June 2009. This recognition was a vote of confidence and means that the Foundation can undertake action over the long term.

The GoodPlanet foundation encourages a way of life that respects the Earth and its inhabitants. It encourages each person to take action and offers realistic suggestions. It relies on a series of programmes that it keeps developing and reinforcing to “raise environmental awareness”.

Which environment on Earth is home to the largest number of life forms, releases incredible amounts of oxygen into the air that we breathe, plays an essential role in the water and carbon cycles, nourishes and protects the soil, has an impact on climate change, is the sole means of subsistence for hundreds of millions of people, and is the source of many of our medicines?

The answer isn’t necessarily obvious – because few of us are able to see the forest through the trees. For many, the forest is a source of raw materials, energy, and food, as well as land that can be cleared and cultivated. The disappearance of forests is not some¬thing that moves us. Yet it is imperative that we open our eyes to the world of the forest, that we consider the whole and not just the parts. Our individual and collective survival depends on it. We must experience the forest; we must love it.

My house stands on the edge of a big forest. Every morning I walk there, sometimes at a leisurely stroll, sometimes at a brisker pace. The forest is a world of sensations that captures each of my senses, where all things human seem to disappear. Yet I am aware that the forests around Paris all bear the mark of man. But their tranquillity and beauty, freshness and fertility express for me something else, something that contributes to my physical and mental well-being. And I do not think I am alone in this.

We come from the forest. It was in the trees that we developed binocular vision and opposable thumbs. Perhaps this is why I feel the need to return to it from time to time. To reconnect with my humanness.

Everywhere, the forest is overexploited. Half the forests in the world have disappeared, replaced by towns and villages, pastures, crops and fallow fields. Only one-tenth of primary forests remain – and these are the most precious of all, for they have been spared human intervention. Deforestation was carried out for many years in developed countries; now it’s happening in forests all over the world. Europe is the continent that has proportionally lost the most forests; there are barely any ancient forests remaining. Today, Africa and South America are experiencing the highest rates of deforestation.

Fortunately, nothing has to be as it is, and no problem is insol¬uble. It is simply a question of overcoming ignorance and prejudice.

The destruction of forests will continue as long as we fail to under¬stand that living trees are worth more than felled trees, that ani¬mals are essential to the equilibrium of forests, that the time scale of forests covers centuries and millenniums, not years or even dec¬ades. The future of Earth and the human race depends upon our forests. And the protection of forests depends upon us.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand