E : Communication and Awareness

The core of the FORECCAsT activity is also the sensitization of inhabitants and actors of the territory of the Regional Natural Park of Haut-Languedoc to the problematic of climate change, as well as communication on the initiatives undertaken by the project. In FORECCAsT, this involves five complementary actions.

E1 - Local and international sharing of project issues

Web communication

FORECCAsT's website, Facebook page and Twitter account make it possible to follow the project's news and obtain detailed information on the different actions and progress of the project. The Twitter account can also relay the action of other LIFE projects and react live during conferences. Want to get an idea of the content of these accounts or follow us on social networks? You have a preview on the right column!

FORECCAsT also publishes a monthly newsletter to which you can join via the right column. If you want to preview its content, you can download the content of previous newsletters at the bottom of this page.

Communication in the Haut-Languedoc Park

Information panels on the project are installed at the House of the Regional Natural Park of Haut Languedoc in Saint-Pons-de-Thomières. Soon, others will also be installed on the site of some silvicultural routes that we will test.

You can also download the project presentation flyer here !

International communication

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 :

  • At the beginning of the project, we went to the third European conference on adaptation to climate change in Glasgow. This allowed us to confront many points of view and initiatives on this issue and to inspire us for the implementation of our actions
  • At mid-project, we participated in the thematic meeting of LIFE projects dealing with the adaptation to climate change of agriculture and forestry in the Mediterranean region, in Madrid. We were able to present the advancement of FORECCAsT and receive many good advice on our project from other LIFE projects dealing with similar issues.

The participants of the "LIFE platform meeting" of Madrid, March 13 and 14, 2018

E2 - A cycle of conferences entitled "The climate changes : forests of Haut-Languedoc face !"

In 2018 and 2019, the FORECCAsT project is organizing a series of conferences on the territory of the Haut-Languedoc Regional Nature Park entitled "The climate is changing: the forests of Haut-Languedoc are facing". These conferences are composed of a common core, associated with a module of your choice :

  • Soil, (res) source of sustainable forest management
  • Experiment with adapted silvicultural solutions
  • Anticipation of climatic crises: we organize ourselves!
  • How to maintain natural forest habitats on the territory?

They are intended for local elected representatives, owners and forest managers, but are designed to be as informative for the general public.

More details about this lecture series, its content, its schedule and how to attend or host one by following this link.

E3 - A traveling exhibition

From 2017, FORECCAsT has created a traveling exhibition dedicated to the impacts of climate change on forests. It is available for free on request from the Documentation Department of the Haut-Languedoc Regional Natural Park (Delphine Bernard - 04.67.97.38.22 - documentation@parc-haut-languedoc.fr). This exhibition is also visible during events organized as part of the FORECCAsT project.

The ten panels of the exhibition present four themes:

  • Presentation of the LIFE FORECCAsT project
  • Major mechanisms responsible for climate change
  • The impacts of climate change on forest ecosystems, and the role of forests in addressing climate change
  • Some actions available to everyone to reduce their carbon footprint

You can preview it below or in bigger by clicking here.

E4 - Animations during the International Days of Forests

International Forest Day (or IWD) 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 platforms for people with an interest in forests and climate change. FORECCAsT participates every year in this event by organizing, during the week that is dedicated to it, awareness raising events.

2017 edition

During our first participation in the JIF, we proposed two awareness-raising events about forests and climate change.

The first took place on Tuesday, March 14, in Saint-Pons-de-Thomières (Hérault). We organized two film screenings of the film 'Il est un forêt', followed by an intervention by Francis Hallé, botanist and initiator of the film which also dedicated his books, one of which was open to students of the Lycée Forestier. André Alquier of Saint-Amans-Soult (Tarn), the other to the general public More than 200 people were able to benefit from these projections.

The second took place on Saturday, March 18th, during the open days of the Forest High School André Alquier of Saint-Amans-Soult (Tarn). Our participation consisted in the organization of activities such as initiations to wood carving or naturalistic walks. We also presented our educational exhibition.

2018 Edition

During our second participation in the JIF, we proposed four awareness-raising events about forests and climate change.

The first took the form of a photo competition, launched in December 2017 and running until March 2018. The inhabitants and visitors of the Haut-Languedoc Regional Natural Park were invited to offer their vision of the forests of Haut-Languedoc through a cliché accompanied by a few words. This contest has accumulated more than 160 entries. The results of the competition and the award-winning photographs are visible on the dedicated page.

The second took place on March 21, 2018 and took the form of a conference of our cycle "The climate changes, the forests of Haut-Languedoc face" accompanied by the module on natural inhabitants. This conference was coupled with the award ceremony of the photo contest. In total, nearly a hundred people attended the evening.

The third should have taken place on March 24, 2018 but was unfortunately canceled due to very bad weather conditions. These were two representations of the company Cielo on the theme "The Spirit of the Tree", which should have taken place in Roquebrun. We hope to be able to reshoot this show in 2019, this time counting on milder weather conditions!

The fourth was the setting up of an educational project called "FORECCAsT at school" in four schools in the Haut Languedoc Natural Regional Park. These four elementary schools each benefited from a half-day of intervention by the CPIE of Haut-Languedoc on the theme "Hector the dead tree", a plantation of trees offered by the JIF and an intervention in class of a forester who introduced his job to children.

"FORECCAsT at school" for students of Courniou

E5 - Two seminars for professionals

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.

Symposium 2018: "Climate Risks and Collective Crisis Management"

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.

Symposium 2019: "Adapting our forests to global change: tools, methods and projects"

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.

Our actions in pictures !