Biodiversity & Ecosystems

A commitment to the preservation of biodiversity
Fostering a harmonious relationship between humans and ecosystems. Taking inspiration from populations who are as one with fragile ecosystems, who call upon ancient practical skills to make use of raw materials and resources. And focusing the Foundation’s activities on making more information and training available on sustainable practices for growing crops, breeding livestock and developing the built environment.

A commitment to prioritising local gestures and knowledge. The transmission of respectful trades and skills that transform matter, but also of a world capable of responding to the needs of future generations. “The love of creation, in harmony with nature.” This is the trajectory followed by the actions of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, both upstream – by supporting research – and via targeted interventions out in the field.

These actions, whether upstream or out in the field, are made possible thanks to the Foundation’s partnerships and as a direct result of an ongoing dialogue with a variety of other entities, aimed at transmitting precious biological diversity.

Back in 2008, in the year of its birth, the Foundation established a partnership and dialogue with the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (Iddri), a think tank founded by Laurence Tubiana. The institute acts as an interface between research and decision-making, shedding light on the political and international issues related to sustainable development and global governance. The fruits of the partnership can be seen in a cycle of annual conferences aimed at encouraging mobilisation and improving our appreciation of biodiversity-related issues, which also provide a platform for public researchers to share their findings. 

© Brainseeders
© Brainseeders
© Iddri
© Iddri

In 2016, the Foundation initiated a partnership with the WWF, as part of the latter’s Africa-TWIX programme (Africa - Trade in Wildlife Information Exchange). Five countries in central Africa have signed up to the programme, which is leading the fight against the trafficking of wild species through the use of a digital information and training platform. Support has also been provided for the Brainseeders Association in Morocco, which provides training on the transmission of technical skills in areas such as water management, soil rehabilitation and the development of sustainable habitats, and the French National Commission for UNESCO, for a travelling exhibition entitled "Earthen Architecture Today" and its accompanying workshop “Earthen construction: workshops on the technique of rammed earth”, developed as part of the TERRA Award – COP22.

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