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2020 Sustainability Highlights

Ok, so 2020 may not have been the best year! But we wanted to take a moment and look back at some positive news, of how the Klorane Botanical Foundation has been supporting key projects around the globe focused on sustainability.

Thank you to our partners for their work and dedication to our planet, and most of all thanks to you for supporting us and allowing us to promote this work through our brand!

Phyto-depollution in Polynesia

Klorane Botanical Foundation supports an innovative scientific programme of phyto-depollution, using local aquatic plants from Polynesia. The project is about elaborating solutions to decontaminate the Opunohu Bay lagoon, in MOOREA, an ecosystem threatened by large use of pesticides linked to the intensive cultivation of pineapples.

In 2020, a combination of two plants have been identified to reduce pollution of pesticide and insecticide levels: a local plant, taro, and coffee ground. Experimentation is currently being conducted in a CNS laboratory in France before further research and implementation in Polynesia if successful

More information to come later in the year – watch this space!

Peony Research

Saving the Peonies in China

For centuries, the beautiful peony has been revered for its beauty but also medicinal benefits which have become central in traditional Chinese medicine. Unfortunately, several wild species are in danger, and fewer and fewer are cultivated each year. 

There are three major causes to the decrease of wild peonies. Firstly, they are very coveted by men, who pick them for their medicinal benefits. Then there is another issue, one shared by many flowers over the world. The natural habitat of wild peonies is degrading and becoming less suitable to its survival.

The last and main reason for the decline of our specific type of peony, Paeonia sterniana, is that the plant simply struggles to reproduce without help. The low birth rate of the species is linked to its seeds, which are dormant seeds, which can only germinate after a certain amount of « sleep », as if the seed chose to hibernate for a while. But these seeds are seemingly even more complex for nature to wake them up on its own. Research is ongoing, but so far, findings indicate that slow germination lie at a molecular level - a discovery that is a first step toward preserving the peony!

Find out more here.

 

 

Botany for Change in Shanghai

The 5th edition of the Botany for Change Award was held in Shanghai where green spaces currently take up 16% of its surface area. Partnering with Clover Nature School, a local NGO, the challenge was open students in botany, horticulture, architecture, and landscaping at all universities in China, with the challenge to transform 550 m² on the Bund, a famous waterfront promenade into an urban garden of tomorrow.

From 90 entries, teams were shortlisted by a jury of botany experts (including Alain Baraton, Chief Gardener at the Grand Parc du Château de Versailles), and submitted to the public vote. The winning team proposed a “Bee-friendly garden”, inspired by the wisdom of bees is to rebuild the friendly relationship between humans and nature. An eco-designed space was designed, for sharing and passing on ideas, which met the needs of the inhabitants and was in harmony with nature. All the elements of the garden are made from recycled materials (wood, eco-brick, stone, etc.).

Educational workshops have been held for the local community to ensure they can continue to develop and maintain the garden. More than a garden, it will be a living space: a traditional bread oven is also set to be installed, and a weekly market will be held.

Find out more here.

Botany for Change Shanghai
Budding Botanist

Budding botanists in France and USA

Klorane Botanical Foundation has continued to support botanical education to our little ones, and future minds! 

1,000 at home planting kits were sent to children aged 6-9 years old, containing a guide booklet concerning the world of plants and seeds to engage children in botany. This initiative will continue through 2021, with the addition of a Little Budding Botanist Box for children from 3-6 years old.

Across the pond in America, the Budding Botanist Grant supported by KidsGardening, granted fifteen schools across the county with packages valued at $1,200 to implement projects of virtual garden-based learning and at-home gardening kits to better serve students engaged in remote learning.

Find out more here.

 

Happy Vallée in Paris

Take a look at the highway between Paris and one of its main airports, Roissy, and all you’ll see is tarmac. But come back in a few years and you won’t recognise it! Ambitious minds have decided to turn it into an incredible agro-ecological valley to be enjoyed by drivers, locals and of course, by animals and plants. 

This is currently the largest sustainable plant and agricultural program in Europe, 20km and 700 acres of land will be vegetated. Klorane Botanical Foundation has committed to a 6-year partnership and, will be contributing to the project with two contests for the design of a plot. 

This incredible project will be at the core of the 6th edition of our famous Botany For Change in 2021, giving students in botany, horticulture, and landscaping to design an urban garden for these spaces that serve locals and promote botany.

This project is an incredible opportunity to give proof that transition can be achieved, that we can integrate biodiversity in our lives again and that we are right to believe new models are a real possibility.

Find out more here

Happy Valee
UNESCO Green Citizens

UNESCO Green Citizens - WorldWide

As a founding partner of the UNESCO Green Citizens project since 2015, the Klorane Botanical Foundation has continued to support this emblematic campaign by UNESCO which aims to identify and support the commitment of citizens working to protect the planet. 

While previously focused on sustainable education, in 2020 UNESCO Green Citizens has taken on a new dimension, concerning initiatives to protect the planet around 5 themes (biodiversity, oceans, local knowledge, hydrology, sustainable education) – totaling to about 100 projects a year!

You can discover, support and even contact the projects around the globe here