Engaging citizens to take action

Aux Arbres !

Aux Arbres ! is the first professional and community event dedicated to forests, climate and biodiversity.

Aux Arbres !

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Duration of the partnership
08 et 09 June 2018


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On Friday 8 and Saturday 9 June at the Machines de l’Ile in Nantes, Aux Arbres ! brought together experts, associations, entrepreneurs, companies and the civil society, to understand the issues relating to and the benefits of forests and exchange points of view on solutions for the preservation of forest ecosystems throughout the world.

The event will thus not only be an opportunity to bring people together and marvel at the wonders of forests, but also to encourage actions that defend, preserve and place more value on trees.

Over 10,000 visitors are expected throughout these 2 days participating in different activities: 

  • 15 conferences and debates, meetings with keynote speakers, pitch by entrepreneurs to better understand forests and learn about preservation solutions.
  • A solutions village brings together the initiatives of associations working here and abroad, proving that every one of us can take steps not only locally but also in Southern countries! Come and discuss with the twenty or so project promoters presenting their solutions (FNH, microDON, Envol Vert, 1% for the planet, Reforest’Action, Kalaweit, GERES, TCHENDUKUA, Cœur de Forêt, NEBEDAY, etc.).
  • Experiences to encourage you to get started: discover the forest through the eyes of an animal, make seed bombs and nest boxes, repurpose our objects, etc. These are the kind of experiences that you can live during Aux Arbres ! And to contribute to this sense of wonder and awareness creation, there will be film projections on forests and the fauna such as Intelligent Trees in partnership with Jupiter films, Once Upon a Forest and Chimpanzees in partnership with Disneynature.
  • Enjoy an evening of inspiration on 8 June from 8pm onward listening to keynote speakers on their vision of forests (Francis Hallé, botanist; Sarah Toumi, entrepreneur behind 1millionTrees4Tunisia; Tristan Lecomte, founder of Pur Projet; Candido Mezua Salazar, leader of the movement for the recognition of the rights of the indigenous people of Panama and Shubhendu Sharma from India, Founder and Director of Afforestt, etc). Audrey Pulvar, President of the Foundation for Nature and Man, will be present at the evening, which will feature some artistic interludes.

The Beneficiaries

An educational track for young and old to discover Forests in a fun manner and through sensory exploration. A school track is specifically designed for schools from the Nantes metropolis.

The Project Benefits

More than an event, it is a movement!

The ambition of Aux arbres ! is to stimulate positive energies in favour of Forests, Biodiversity and Climate. The experience is designed to sow the seeds of conscience and nurture them over time: volunteering for nature, solidarity days-off, micro donation, citizen engagement are some of the concrete and virtuous actions proposed to participants and visitors at the event.

We will meet every two years to monitor the engagements and achievements!

” We all have in mind clichéd images of Forests and of the conflicts between the world of business and that of public interest. Aux Arbres ! is the proof that to act on a large scale, we need to get out of our silos, join forces and cooperate. To talk about an ecosystem, we first need to create our ecosystem: this is what we tried to bring about, alongside our stakeholders, serving a cause which is at the core of our DNA”

Fabienne Morgaut , Director CSR and Maisons du Monde Foundation
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Project leader Maisons du Monde Foundation

The Maisons du Monde Foundation supports its partners’ projects for a minimum of three consecutive years, so as to give security to project developers with regard to the funding of medium and long-term initiatives.