|On Tuesday, September 28, 2010, the Fondation Chirac, in partnership with the Minister of Culture and Communication, launched and awareness campaign destined at architecture students on the use of legal and certified lumber. This first cycle, sponsored by Jean Nouvel, will start in October and travel to twenty National Architecture Schools (ENSA).|
– Diving deep into chlorophyll
– Assessment of today’s forests
– Logging, what can we currently do?
– Sustainable stewardship: what are possible solutions for a sustainable stewardship of our forests?
The goal is to alert students about issues surrounding timber certification and to help them understand the differences between sustainably managed forests and those that are not. The awareness will enable these future architects to make themselves heard in their choice of eco-certified wood when faced with contracting authorities.
THE FIRST CONFERENCES
Monday, November 22, 2010: ENSA conference – Paris-Belleville
Thursday, November 25, 2010: ENSA conference – Nancy
Thursday, December 2, 2010: ENSA conference – Rouen
Thursday, December 9, 2010: ENSA conference – Grenoble
Shared Responsability, by Jacques Chirac, President of the Fondation Chirac
| See Jacques Chirac’s Speech (in French):|
|“Nearly 200 000 hectares of tropical forests vanish every week. Biodiversity and natural resources have never been so threatened, as are the millions of individuals who depend on the forests on a daily basis (…)|
The world’s largest importer of wood is the European Union, particularly France, and both have their own share of responsibility.
In this context, the forthcoming enforcement of EU regulations prohibiting illegal timber from entering the Union’s territory constitutes a crucial step.
Companies and timber producing countries however need much more active support.”
Extending the FSC label, by Bastien Sachet Managing Director for Action against deforestation and desertification
|See Bastien Sachet’s Speech (in French) :|
|“The Fondation Chirac, alongside other foundations such as the Prince Albert II of Monaco’s foundation, has supported projects such as the creation of a training center for social experts capable of creating ties between logging companies and the communities living onsite.|
This type of project helps companies obtain FSC certification, which is one of the most recognized independent benchmarks of responsible forest stewardship in the world.”
Architects: key purchasing advisors, by Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication
|See Frédéric Mitterrand’s Speech (in French):||“The Fondation Chirac has initiated programs that have become a model of controlled development of common resources for public policy makers. The Fondation contributes a concern for humans in their cultural milieu to the many necessary rules that have resulted from the Grenelle Environment Forum. I can only applaud such a contribution (…) By affirming the need to pay attention to others, the partnership initiated between the Fondation Chirac and the Ministry of Culture and Communication addresses one of the foundations of architectural training and activity.”|
Why protect forests? by Emmanuelle Grundmann, Primatologist & author/reporter
| See Emmanuelle Grundmann’s Speech (in French):|
|“Yet … through the course of evolution, forests emerged roughly 380 million years ago. They were the essential prelude to the appearance of a myriad of animal species, including Homo sapiens, Man (…) The training program that debuts today represents a tremendous opportunity..|