Climate & Biodiversity Initiative
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20.11.2019 | Corporate philanthropy
Between 2020 and 2022, the BNP Paribas Foundation will fund its programme Climate & Biodiversity Initiative with 6 million euros in order to finance and put forward 9 international research projects. These projects cover various pressing scientific issues and topics related to interactions between climate and biodiversity, such as the impact of the melting of the ice caps on the world’s biodiversity, resilience of coastal ecosystems faced with extreme weather events or even reforestation of endangered ecosystems.
The projects laureates of the Climate & Biodiversity Initiative programme share various key aspects: a strong international dimension by implicating collaborations between research organizations from various horizons, interdisciplinarity and finally their focus of study are all high stakes scientific issues.
If most projects study the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and its adaptation, some projects tackle more specifically the development of new solutions and new modelling tools to increase the resilience of ecosystems to climate change.
The BNP Paribas Foundation provides support to the scientists leading these research projects through funding but also by ensuring they benefit from the best work conditions for the projects. The Foundation will support these projects financially from 2020 to 2022 with a total budget of 6 million euros, and will also highlight them by organizing conferences, or educational exhibitions opened to the public.
The programme Climate Initiative was launched in 2010 by the BNP Paribas Foundation with the ambition of increasing knowledge on interactions between climate and biodiversity, about climate system dysfunction and evaluating the consequences on our environment and allow all the players to change their behaviour.
In 2019, when it launched its 4th call for projects, the Foundation renamed the programme “Climate & Biodiversity Initiative” in order to jointly address two of today’s most pressing environmental issues: climate change and biodiversity erosion.
Since 2010, the BNP Paribas Foundation has significantly contributed to supporting environmental research. In total, 18 research projects have been financed and highlighted and we have raised awareness for about 340 000 people towards the impact of climate change thanks to a budget of 12 million euros.
Photo Header Araucaria araucana forest Northern Patagonie - THEMES project led by Valérie Daux ©R. Villalba