At the heart of FORECCAsT activity is raising awareness among inhabitants and local stakeholders of the Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park about climate change, as well as communicating about the initiatives undertaken in the project. To perform these tasks, we divided the work into five complementary actions.
Through the FORECCAsT's website, Facebook page and Twitter account, it is possible for everyone to follow the project progress and to gather information about our actions. We also use the Twitter account to share the actions of other LIFE projects and to live-tweet during conferences.
FORECCAsT also publishes a monthly newsletter (in French) which you can subscribe to through the link in the right column. If you want to see a preview of its content, you can follow this link.
We display an information panel about FORECCAsT, updated regularly, in the House of the Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park (Saint-Pons-de-Thomières, France). We will soon install more panels about the project in each of our test sites.
You can also download the project flyer from here !
As climate change issues transcend boundaries, and since we can draw inspiration from initiatives undertaken elsewhere to solve our local problems, the FORECCAsT team participated in two international events :
Participants to the "LIFE platform meeting" in Madrid, March 13 and 14, 2018
In 2018 and 2019, FORECCAsT organises in the Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park territory a conference cycle titled " Climate is changing: Haut-Languedoc forests stand strong!". These conferences are made of a common core, followed by one of the following modules:
They are created for local stakeholders from the forestry-wood sector and elected representatives, but are still designed to be informative for a general audience. More details about this lecture series, its content, its schedule and how to attend or host one by following this link.
In 2017, FORECCAsT created a traveling exhibition dedicated to the impacts of climate change on forests. You can borrow it for free by contacting the Documentation Department of the Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park (Delphine Bermon - 04.67.97.38.22 - firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also see this exhibition in events organized by the FORECCAsT project.
Source: Elise Bourru - Parc naturel régional du Haut-Languedoc
The ten panels of the exhibition talk about four themes:
You can preview it below or in a larger size by clicking here.
The International Day of Forests (or IDF) is a global event that occurs every year on March 21st. Created by the UN, it aims to be one of the world's leading platform for people with an interest in forests and climate change. FORECCAsT is involved yearly in the IDF through the organization of several awareness events.
In 2017, we organized two outreach events for the International Days of Forests.
The first one happened the 14 March 2017. It was the projection of the “Il était une forêt” (Once upon a forest) movie at the Saint-Pons de Thomières movie theater, in the presence of the botanist Francis Hallé, at the root of this movie. We organized two projections, one for students of the Forestry College of Saint-Amans-Soult and one for the general public. The entry was free and, in total, over 200 people attended the projection.
The second one happened the 18 March 2017. It was a participation at the open house day of the Forestry College of Saint-Amans-Soult. We participated by organizing activities, nature walks and entertainments about forest and wood, and presented the exhibition. The entry was free and, in total, over 100 people attended this event.
In 2018, we organized four outreach events for the International Days of Forests.
The first one was a photography competition, open between December 2017 and March 2018, in which locals and visitors of the Park could submit their favourite shots of “Forests from the Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park”, accompanied with a few words about the way they perceive the Park forest. This competition was rather successful, with 164 entries. Results of the competition and award-winning photographs can be found by following this link.
The second one was a conference from our conference cycle “Climate is changing: Haut-Languedoc forests stand strong!”, with the optional module about natural habitats. This conference took place during the International Day of Forests in Saint-Amans-Soult the 21 March 2018 and was attended by about 60 people.
The third one was meant to happen the 24 March 2018. It was the organization of a performance of artists climbing in trees in the Park territory. We contacted several companies and chose Cielo, which was the cheaper option, to achieve this task. Unfortunately, due to adverse weather conditions on the day when the two shows were scheduled, we had to cancel this event.
The fourth one was the organization of a pedagogical project “FORECCAsT à l’école” for four schools in the PNRHL territory. We offered to each of them half a day of pedagogic intervention by the Haut-Languedoc CPIE about the forest and its role, and enrolled them in the International Day of Forests pedagogical program so that they could enjoy a free visit from a professional from the forestry-wood sector and a free set of trees to plant around the school. Over 100 pupils from 6 to 10 years old participated to the “FORECCAsT à l’école” pedagogical projects which happened from the 19 March 2018 to the 23 March 2018.
"FORECCAsT à l'école" for Courniou pupils
As part of the project, FORECCAsT will organize two symposia. The first, aimed at professionals in the region, will focus on the protocol to be followed in the event of a climate crisis. The second, intended for an international audience, will present the tools developed by FORECCAsT and other solutions put in place to adapt to climate change.
The first symposium of FORECCAsT was organized on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the Cinema Star in Saint-Pons de Thomières and gathered about fifty participants, mainly local elected representatives and professionals of the forest-wood sector. During the first part of the conference, they attended presentations by Xavier Gauquelin from the National Forest Office (The forest management guide in health crisis), Raphaël Bec of CRPF Occitanie and project manager FORECCAsT (The plan of action for the anticipation and management of climatic crises in Haut-Languedoc), Jean-Baptiste Daubrée of the Department of Forest Health of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food (Forest Health, main risks and problems in the south of the Massif Central) as well as Michel Schneider of Météo France (Some tools and perspectives in terms of climate vigilance). They then participated in a round table gathering the previous speakers accompanied by Sylvain André (Forest Forests Alliance), Jean-Luc Arvieu (National Forestry Office) and Pascal Mathieu (CRPF Occitanie). The conference report and the powerpoints of the presentations can be downloaded by following this link.
This colloquium (whose title is for the moment provisional) will take place in 2019 and will act as a restitution of the actions of the FORECCAsT project. It will also enable other European projects to present their results and the solutions they have tested in their local context.
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