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Planète Urgence

Planète Urgence is an international solidarity and development aid NGO created in 2000 and recognised as being of public utility.

Planète Urgence's mission is to strengthen people for a planet of solidarity and sustainability. The association works so that everyone can live with dignity and autonomy in a preserved environment.

It does this in three ways:

  • Protecting endangered forests and biodiversity
  • Promoting local community development
  • Raising environmental awareness

This is done through volunteering: through 4 volunteering schemes (Congé Solidaire®, Mission Solidaire, Service Civique and Volontariat de Solidarité Internationale), Planète Urgence allows citizens to get involved by going on short or long term missions. These missions are part of long-term objectives and respond to local needs clearly identified beforehand with their Operations Department and local partners.

In addition, in direct collaboration with its local partners, the association designs environmental protection projects to combat deforestation and, more broadly, the destruction of ecosystems. These reforestation actions are combined with environmental awareness and the economic development of local communities for a sustainable and common management of natural resources.


Society of French Explorers

The Society of French Explorers (SEF) was created in 1937 by renowned explorers. Amongst these enthusiasts of human adventure are Ella Maillard, Alexandra David-Néel, Théodore Monod, Paul-Emile Victor, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Antoine de Maximy and recently Thomas Pesquet...

The SEF brings together women and men with "extra-ordinary" backgrounds in the true sense of the word. It is open to those who share the idea that existence itself is an adventure. Its members dedicate their lives to the exploration of the Earth, to the discovery of life in all its forms and to the transmission of knowledge.

The Society of French Explorers (SEF) is now recognised as a public utility. Within this institution, scientists, travel writers, journalists, adventurers, photographers, film directors and diplomats rub shoulders.

A new endowment has been created thanks to the partnership between the Société des Explorateurs Français and Sorewards.

As part of the SEF x Sorewards endowment, one of the supported explorations is that of polar explorer Matthieu Tordeur and writer-geographer Cédric Gras. Together, they set out to climb the world's longest glacier in Tajikistan to explore the melting of the "third pole" and its direct implications for Central Asia.

With a team of scientific experts and a film director, Matthieu and Cédric were ready to accomplish their mission. The ultimate goal of this exploration: to produce a documentary film, which would allow them to relive this exciting adventure, and to inform the general public about the immediate consequences of global warming.

If the first part of the exploration has been completed, they must now set off again, in order to conquer the last images, the last data. In this second adventure, they need everyone's support. Sorewards is committed to working alongside the Société des Explorateurs Français to achieve this goal.

Planting for the future

Planting for the Future is an endowment fund which, thanks to the donations of its patrons and as part of its general interest mission, supports reforestation, environmental education and research projects. It helps to meet the current and future challenges of forests and the wood industry in France.

To carry out its mission, the Planting for the Future Endowment Fund relies on the skills of a network of professionals involved in sustainable forest management on a daily basis.

Without planting, French forests will no longer be able to meet the growing demand for wood, to participate in the energy transition, or to fully play their role as a key player in the sustainable development of the territories: protection of water and soil, maintenance of biodiversity, fight against climate change, maintenance and creation of jobs that cannot be relocated...

The natural regeneration of forests is no longer sufficient to meet the growing need for wood and the development of a bio-sourced economy.

Sustainable forest management ensures the biological diversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and ability of forests to fulfil, now and in the future, relevant economic, ecological and social functions at local, national and international levels, without causing damage to other ecosystems.


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The Planter programme finances the following actions and projects:

National calls for projects

- Individual projects submitted by forest owners


Territorial projects

- Reforestation of poor or damaged stands in your area


Thematic projects

- Development of the circular economy of the territories
- Preservation of biodiversity
- Boosting carbon capture


Cetasea is an association under the law of 1901, recognised as being of general interest, which wishes to create a refuge for marine mammals: dolphins, seals and sea lions.

Today, 16 European Union member states have banned dolphinariums, without creating new accommodation solutions, resulting in overcrowding in the dolphinariums that still exist. Moreover, in the Bay of Biscay, the number of stranded mammals is increasing sharply. CETASEA's mission is totake in these animals and offer them a refuge.

CETASEA's work areas are:

  1. Conservationwork
  2. Hosting species protected by the European Union and the IUCN
  3. Rehabilitation of a natural site
  4. The research
  5. Education

The association brings together a team of marine mammal professionals: scientists, carers, veterinarians and conservation professionals.

"We protect what we know.

Frédérique Gibert, Founder of Cetasea

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Générations Futures

Générations Futures is an environmental NGO approved by the Ministry of Ecological Transition and recognised as being of general interest. Since 1996, the association has been fighting against synthetic pesticides and, more broadly, against all chemical pollutants and promoting effective and sustainable alternatives. To carry out its fight, the association carries out awareness campaigns, publishes independent reports, takes legal action against regulations that are not sufficiently protective of people and the environment, and is as close as possible to the people and local issues thanks to its network of branches throughout France. Générations Futures is the main counter-power to agrochemicals.

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Since 2005, Générations Futures has been running the "Alternatives to Pesticides" campaign by organising the annual Week for Alternatives to Pesticides (SPAP) from 20 to 30 March. This time of exchange and conviviality aims to inform as many people as possible about the risks linked to the use of pesticides for health and the planet, to promote alternative solutions for living, consuming and producing more sustainably and to federate an ever-growing network of actors.

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AVES France

AVES France is an association for the protection of nature and wild animals, both free and captive. It specialises in cohabitation with large predators (bears, wolves), the fight against bear and wolf shows, as well as the defence of the environment, nature and unloved wildlife (badgers, foxes, corvids...).

AVES France also supports associations working for the 8 bear species and develops educational tools to raise awareness among the general public, including a show on the polar bear and global warming for elementary schools: Papouk le Pizzly, a polar bear like no other.

Finally, AVES France is implementing field actions, in particular with its Renatur'Action campaign, which aims to rehabilitate land that has been over-exploited by humans, in order to bring back wildlife.

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AVES France participates in raising public awareness about bears, organises original events such as the World Day to Save Bears, creates educational material and runs exhibitions and conferences. Locally, we collaborate with enthusiasts, true guardian angels of the Pyrenean bears.


What if predation was not inevitable? Even if the support measures for farmers are not sufficient and the means of protection are difficult to put in place on certain mountain pastures, we must work together to find sustainable solutions for cohabiting with the bear in the Pyrenees. We must continue the dialogue with the breeders, to make the presence of the bear a strength, a pride for the Pyrenees.

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Surfrider Foundation Europe

Since 1990, Surfrider Foundation Europe has become a reference in the fight to protect the ocean and its users, thanks to the passion and commitment of its community on the ground.
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With real expertise in aquatic waste, water quality, user health and coastal development, the NGO also benefits from very solid support on the ground, with a network of 1,800 active volunteers, 18,000 members and 150,000 supporters working in some forty local branches throughout Europe.

SFE is a major player in environmental consultation in Europe and particularly in France. Since 2012, Surfrider is one of the few NGOs authorised by the French State to participate in the national public environmental debate.

As such, it sits on the National Council for Ecological Transition (CNTE) and takes part in environmental conferences. It is also a member of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE), the National Sea and Coastal Council (CNML), the Higher Council of the Merchant Navy, the National Waste Council, the TAAF Advisory Committee, a member of the Board of Directors of the AFB and of the 3 Coastal Maritime Committees, in order to ensure that an ecosystem approach to marine issues is taken into account.

Approved as a popular education organisation since 2006, Surfrider is developing an ambitious programme of education, training and public awareness of ecological interests. Finally, Surfrider is an independent NGO and an active counter-power, as shown by its litigation.

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Plastic Origins is a project initiated by Surfrider Europe and supported by responsible citizens, associations, scientists and companies. It aims to stop ocean pollution at its source by tackling the problem inland.

80% of ocean pollution comes from rivers

Based on this observation and the impossibility of cleaning up the ocean in the long term, Surfrider Europe's ambition is tocurb the phenomenon by intervening at the source. Indeed, knowing the distribution of this pollution will make it possible to target priority areas, to act effectively and to evaluate the impact of the measures put in place.

Plastic Origins is a programme to identify the most polluted areas and to better understand the context of waste pollution. Surfrider Europe and other organisations will use this data to put pressure on those responsible and elected officials toeliminate dumping in nature and to seek redress.

How does it work?

Thanks to volunteers across Europe, data is collected via the Plastic Origins app, available on Android and iOS.

The first option is to film the banks via the application. The artificial intelligence algorithm then analyses the video and automatically detects visible waste, which it counts, geolocates and classifies according to its type (bottle, fragment, etc.).

Second option: it is also possible to manually report and classify waste encountered during a walking or kayaking trip. This option is preferable when there is little waste on the banks.

All the data collected will then be made available online on the Plastic Origins website and accessible to everyone, in the interests of total transparency. The ultimate goal of this project is to obtain a map showing the level of pollution of all European rivers.

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Ocean as common

Initiated by Catherine Chabaud, sailor and Member of the European Parliament, and by Eudes Riblier, President of the French Institute of the Sea, Océan Bien Commun de l'Humanité is an association committed to the preservation of the Ocean.

Because this begins in our mountains, continues in our rivers and then in our seas, we believe in the Ocean as the best illustration of the Common Good, for which we are all individually and collectively responsible.

Our dual mission of mobilising decision-makers and citizens is reflected in the implementation of mechanisms designed to support and raise funds to finance concrete actions carried out by actors who act daily on the ground.

Our vocation is not to directly manage ocean conservation projects in place of existing stakeholders, but to enable them to obtain the necessary funding and to support them in carrying out their actions.

To meet this objective, Ocean as a Common Good is developing several awareness and action programmes.

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1% for the Planet

1% for the Planet is a worldwide movement led by companies that have decided to donate 1% of their turnover to environmental organisations. More than 2,500 companies are members of this movement.


The Hirondelle association has been involved in environmental issues in the Pays de Retz Atlantique since 1995. This organisation, certified as a popular education organisation and signatory of the GRAINE quality standard in 2012, has over 190 members.

Its main tasks are :

  • Environmental and sustainable development education for the general public and schoolchildren (nature walks, activities, workshops, events, etc.).
  • Knowledge of the territory (fauna and flora inventories, environmental monitoring, etc.).
  • Territorial action and eco-citizenship (training, creation and participation in events on Sustainable Development...).

Hirondelle is also an information, resource and reception centre.

In order to carry out these different missions, the association relies on a team of three salaried employees, volunteers and several technical and financial partners.