On Monday, November 22, 2010, at the National Superior School of Architecture (ENSA) of Paris-Belleville, that the first conference for raising awareness amongst architecture students on the use of legal and certified timber, sponsored by the architect Jean Nouvel.
Emmanuelle Grundmann will present the major issues surrounding the certification of forests, and the impact of deforestation on populations that live in them, as well as on the flora and fauna of these regions.
For the 2010 – 2011 school year, fifteen of the twenty ENSAs have already responded positively to this initiative of the Fondation Chirac and its partners. A promising result: up to 20 000 students will be made aware of the requirements of sustainable forest management.
Awareness-raising is essential, in the words of Jacques Chirac at the official launch of the project on September 28, 2010, “Architects launch all building projects and can therefore recommend the use of certified wood. They are the relays for logging companies’ efforts and good practices. As tomorrow’s architects, the students of the 20 National Schools of Architecture must realize the importance of their role in encouraging responsible forest management. I want to warmly welcome Ms. Emmanuelle Grundmann, specialist of the rainforest. (…) With her, our future architects will discover the availability and role of each species. They will learn about the daily lives of these forests’ populations and the importance of preserving the diversity of these territories’ fauna and flora. Let us hope that with them and under the aegis of Jean Nouvel, the acclaimed sponsor of this project, a virtuous circle will commence, capable of transforming construction into a active protector of forests.