Natural Heritage Projects 2018-2019

L’OCCITANE is committed on its territory through eco-friendly’s actions and is showing its attachment to the Provence and its support to the region’s economic and cultural fabric

In 2018, 60 000€ have been allocated to 7 regional awareness projects and field projects. These projects aim at sensitizing and promoting concrete measures to preserve this biodiversity. 

Discover the latest projects supported by the L’OCCITANE Foundation to preserve the natural heritage in Provence and Mediterranean

The projects supported in 2018 :

         Logo UICN        Producing the Red List of Mediterranean coastal ecosystems with the UICN French Committee. 

This Mediterranean focus is motivated by the diversity of ecosystems within the Mediterranean biogeographical zone. Furthermore,  the Mediterranean is one of the 35 hot spots of the global biodiversity, which means the areas of the planet where the biodiversity is especially rich and endangered. Since 2015, 31 ecosystems have been identified, defined and measured, in order to raise awareness and to help the deciders and the territories stakeholders to better plan the land development. 

      Planting old varieties’ fruit trees hedgerows on Valensole plateau with the “Parc du Verdon”.  

The hedgerow is well-know for its multiple interests: climate regulation,  fight against erosion, habitat for wildlife and pollinators, fruit production,… This appears to be the best compromise between the contribution to the biodiversity preservation and the economic and agronomic interests for the farmer. Since 2016, the support of the L’OCCITANE Foundation helped the planting of 5 100 trees on 4,2km of hedgerows favouring the preservation of 89 various tree species and sensitizing more than 500 people. 
           Logo PNR Verdon      

          Logo Solidarité Paysans         Supporting the farmers in need in the Provence region through the valorisation of sustainable Provencal cultures with the association Solidarités Paysans. 

This project aims at proving to what extent a conversion to an environmentally friendly agriculture and shorter marketing mode can be an economic success factor in a context of prior significant debt.

        Creating an educational trail dedicated to the practice of picking of yesterday and today on the Lure Mountain with the “Communauté de Commune de Forcalquier-Lure”.  

This project of interpretation and valorisation of the local natural heritage will enable the public to grasp the field of plants, to identify the flora and to learn how to pick right on sites where the harvest is supervised without risk for the environment and by favouring its recovery. 
            Logo Fourcalquier -Lure        

 Logo Elan Jouques            Managing, valorising, and preserving the diversity of natural and sensitive areas with the association ELAN Jouques.  

A significant training site dedicated to 20 local job seekers will bring back into cultivation old olive groves. The maintenance of this 40 hectares zone will allow a wide sensitisation to biodiversity’s preservation, to reduce fire risks and to renew vegetation and wildlife habitats.

      Preserving and valorising varietal collections of fig trees,  mulberries and olive trees on the Porquerolles Island with the association “Sauvegarde des Forêts Varoises”. 

This project, carried out by Réseau Cocagne, which hires 30 workers in an insertion program,  aims at maintening  an agricultural area of 17 hectares provided by the “Parc de Port-Cros”. The challenge is to conciliate the people, the preservation and the valorisation of a unique natural and scientific heritage, which has existed for more than 40 years. 
           Logo Sauvegarde des Forêts Varoises        

  Logo Fondation Terre de liens            Developing agro-ecological infrastructures in Provence with the Terre de Liens Foundation. 

The project aims at undertaking a participative environmental diagnosis on a Terre de Liens’ farm.  This diagnosis will enable to sensitize citizens to the stakes involved in the preservation of the agricultural and natural heritage,  and to recommend agricultural practices.  This practices should be adapted to the planting of trees and bushes hedgerows which are beneficial to the preservation of biodiversity.