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Conservation of difficult access ecosystems

© Romain Guenard

Activities involving vertical access often take place in fragile sites of great natural beauty. The Petzl Foundation supports non-profit organizations whose role is to discover and protect biodiversity on cliffs, in caves and in mountain ranges.

Project thumbnail :FRANCE : HAVENS OF TRANQUILITY IN THE MOUNTAINS FRANCE - MOUNTAIN WILDERNESS FRANCE, TO PRESERVE THE MOUNTAINS

The Mountain Wilderness France association defends a global approach to the mountains where conservation of the natural environment and improving the economy (...)

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Vignette du projet Écologie verticale FRANCE - VERTICAL ECOLOGY

The ‘Vertical Ecology’ project, supported by the Écrins National Park and the Alpine Ecology Laboratory, is a botanical study of the origin and evolution of plants in high mountains. (...)

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Project thumbnail : SEEKING THE LAST LOST WORLDS WORLDWIDE - SEEKING THE LAST LOST WORLDS

The adventurer Evrard Wendenbaum set out on a series of scientific expeditions to discover the last unexplored areas on the planet. His project called "Lost Worlds" aims to gain knowledge of the last remaining biological treasures (...)

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Vignette du projet Des sentiers rénovés pour Indian Creek UNITED STATES - RENOVATED TRAILS FOR INDIAN CREEK - 05.2017

Climbing sites in Indian Creek and Donally Canyon in Utah are among the most famous in the American West. Due to its popularity with both climbers and hikers (...)

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Working together to protect wild places UNITED STATES - WORKING TOGETHER TO PROTECT WILD PLACES

The Conservation Alliance’s mission is to engage businesses to fund and partner with organizations to protect threatened, wild places in North America. They collect annual membership (...) 

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Project thumbnail: Vietnam, researchers in the treetops VIETNAM - RESEARCHERS IN THE TREETOPS

In September 2015, researchers from the Paris Natural History Museum organized a scientific expedition in Vietnam, to the Cuc Phong National Park, which was created in 1962 (...)

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Project thumbnail: Exploration scientifique des karsts PapousINDONESIA - SCIENTIFIC EXPLORATION IN PAPUAN KARSTS

For two months, the Franco-Indonesian expedition Lengguru 2014 explored the heart of theforest of West Papua (Indonesia) (...)


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Project thumbnail : WORKING WITH ARON RALSTON TO PROTECT UTAH'S REDROCK DESERT CANYONSUNITED STATES - WORKING WITH ARON RALSTON TO PROTECT UTAH'S REDROCK DESERT CANYONS

In 2003, climber, adventurer and wilderness advocate, Aron Ralston was trapped by a falling boulder in Utah's remote Blue John Canyon. (...)

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Project thumbnail : THE MEDITERRANEAN MONK SEAL, AN ENDANGERED SPECIES MAURITANIA - THE MEDITERRANEAN MONK SEAL, AN ENDANGERED SPECIES

The monk seal, a rare Mediterranean species, is in critical danger of extinction on a world-wide level. (...)

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Project thumbnail : RESEARCH IN THE CAMEROONIAN CANOPYCAMEROON - RESEARCH IN THE CANOPY

To better understand and protect tropical forests, researchers need access to the canopy. In November 2013, two members of the EnQuête d'Arbres association went to Cameroon (...)

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Project thumbnail : FRANCE: THE BEARDED VULTURE RETURNS TO THE ALPS FRANCE - THE BEARDED VULTURE RETURNS TO THE ALPS

A magnificent bird with an approximate wingspan of three meters, the bearded vulture was disappearing from the Alps at the beginning of the 20th century, a victim of legends (...)

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Project thumbnail ENCOURAGE RESPECTFUL CLIMBS IN A MAJOR SITE: PIEDRA PARADA ARGENTINA - ENCOURAGE RESPECTFUL CLIMBS IN A MAJOR SITE: PIEDRA PARADA

In the heart of the Patagonian desert, in the Province of Chubut (Argentina), Piedra Parada, the "stone", rises like a monolith. Behind her, La Buitreta Canyon (...)

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Project thumbnail : MADAGASCAR : EXPLORING THE LAST EDEN OF THE MAKAY MADAGASCAR - EXPLORING THE LAST EDEN OF THE MAKAY

A mountain range in south-west Madagascar, the Makay is one of the last unexplored areas of the island. To study the exceptional biodiversity of the Makay, two scientific expeditions (...)

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Project thumbnail LIVING WITH THE BONELLI'S EAGLE, AN ENDANGERED SPECIESFRANCE - LIVING WITH THE BONELLI'S EAGLE, AN ENDANGERED SPECIES

The Bonelli's Eagle, a large bird of prey typically found in Mediterranean regions, has become increasingly rare over the twentieth century. (...) 

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Project thumbnail : ULTIMA PATAGONIA, AN UNDERGROUND SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITION DEEP IN CHILEAN PATAGONIA CHILE - AN UNDERGROUND SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITION DEEP IN CHILEAN PATAGONIA

The Madre de Dios archipelago is an exceptional site for scientific research being totally isolated and in an extreme geographic location (...)

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Project thumbnail : REUNION ISLAND: SUCCESSFUL COHABITATION OF TROPICBIRDS AND CLIMBERS REUNION ISLAND - SUCCESSFUL COHABITATION OF TROPICBIRDS AND CLIMBERS

The White-tailed Tropicbird, emblematic of the Reunion Island, has been dislodged from its usual nesting areas. Indeed, the cliffs where they used to nest were partially covered(...)

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Project thumbnail : KIDS EXPLORE GLACIERS IN AUSTRIAAUSTRIA - KIDS EXPLORE GLACIERS

The area of the ÖtztalerAlpen is part of the European Union Network Natura 2000. The glaciers here are the second largest in the Eastern Alps. (...)

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Project thumbnail PROTECT BATS WITH CAVERSFRANCE - PROTECT BATS WITH CAVERS

The Rhône-Alpes region hosts 30 of the 34 species of French bats. Despite its lack of popularity, they are all protected species (...)


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Project thumbnail : PHENOCLIM, A SCIENTIFIC AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM MEASURING CLIMATE CHANGEFRANCE - PHENOCLIM, A SCIENTIFIC AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM MEASURING CLIMATE CHANGE

Phénoclim invites the public to measure the impact of climate change on the vegetation of the Alps by making simple observations. (...)

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Project thumbnail KENTUCKY : ENSURE ACCESS TO RED RIVER GORGE CLIMBING SITE UNITED STATES - KENTUCKY: ENSURE ACCESS TO RED RIVER GORGE CLIMBING SITE

The Red River Gorge Climbers' Coalition (RRGCC) is a group of climbers that has come together to protect, promote and guarantee responsible climbing (...)

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Project thumbnail : THE VULTURES ARE SETTLING IN THE BARONNIESFRANCE - THE VULTURES ARE SETTLING IN THE BARONNIES

Present in the Mediterranean coast until the early twentieth century, the vultures may have just disappeared from the French landscape. The causes are related to man: hunting, poisoning (...)

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Project thumbnail MOZAMBIQUE: THE LAST MYSTERIES OF MOUNT NAMULI MOZAMBIQUE - THE LAST MYSTERIES OF MOUNT NAMULI

With its imposing granite cliff face standing a gigantic 700m tall, the Namuli, 2,419m, is the second highest mountain in Mozambique. The civil war and the difficulties involved in accessing it (...)

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Project thumbnail ECOTOURISM TO PROTECT THE TSINGY,THE STONE FOREST OF MADAGASCAR MADAGASCAR  - ECOTOURISM TO PROTECT THE TSINGY, THE STONE FOREST

The Tsingy of Bemaraha offer one of the most spectacular sights on the Big Island. Here are real rock cathedrals of limestone sculpted into blades or sharp needles (...)

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