Amazon announces its first engagement project in France as part of the Climate Fund Right Now, which will provide financing of 3 million euros to the Nature 2050 Program created by CDC Biodiversité. This funding will make it possible to conserve, restore and sustainably manage an estimated area of 600,000 m² in France (the equivalent of more than 80 football pitches) by carrying out innovative projects based on natural solutions. This investment increases the budget of the Nature 2050 Program from €8.7 million to €11.7 million, making Amazon one of the key contributors committed alongside the Nature 2050 Program.
The Nature 2050 Program is dedicated to preserving and restoring biodiversity, mitigating the consequences of climate change and improving the resilience of ecosystems and territories, while ensuring scientific monitoring of specific indicator projects until 2050.
The Nature 2050 Program mobilized 5.6 million euros between 2016 and 2021 and was able to initiate 50 projects during the same period in more than 1,090 hectares of species-rich habitats across France.
Through its support of the Nature 2050 Program, Amazon will co-fund projects that offer nature-based solutions, selected by the Nature 2050 team and selected by the Nature 2050 Program Steering Committee. These selected projects benefit from funding enabled by the Nature 2050 Program. carrying out ecological restoration works, as well as their monitoring until 2050. The Nature 2050 Program has a triple objective: biodiversity, climate and territory. The projects therefore aim to adapt the territories to climate change with more specific themes such as the return of nature to the city, in particular within the framework of a partnership with the Métropole du Grand Paris, or the financing of the transition of agricultural practices. The map of the 50 ongoing projects can be seen on the dedicated web page (https://www.nature2050.com/les-proyectos/). One million euros of funding per year for the next three years will be dedicated to identifying and supporting projects to create and restore natural habitats across France. In 2022, it will mainly be a matter of co-financing the selected projects jointly with the Métropole du Grand Paris and, for the next few years, the financing may refer to various types of projects, such as the renaturation of artificial soils, the preservation of marine ecosystems, restoration of wetlands and adaptation of urban areas.
” We are delighted to continue the momentum started by our program to finance projects based on natural solutions in the territories where Amazon is present. says Julie Laboureix, retail director and sustainable development ambassador for Amazon.fr.
” CDC Biodiversité has already carried out local science-based projects, and we look forward to seeing the positive results of their action in terms of restoring nature under the ambitious Nature 2050 Program.”
Retail Director and Sustainable Development Ambassador, Amazon.fr
” When we created the Nature 2050 Program, we relied on the alerts from IPBES and the IPCC and on the urgency to undertake restoration and preservation throughout France to help stop the erosion of biodiversity and respond to accelerating climate change.” recalls Antoine Cadi, secretary of the Nature 2050 Fund.
By mobilizing nature-based solutions, the Nature 2050 Program makes it possible to meet the ecological restoration needs of priority habitats, but it also brings many co-benefits, notably flood reduction, sequestration of CO₂ and reduce air pollution. For each project, the program tracks a set of indicators, including soil organic carbon levels, which give an indication of the amount of COtwo sequestered by the soil thanks to the development of vegetation.
To date, through the Right Now Climate Fund, Amazon has already invested in a reforestation program in Italy, Parco Italia, an urban greening program in Germany, an urban redevelopment and tree planting project in the UK, a forest conservation and restoration project in Appalachia in the United States and the Agroforestry and Restoration Accelerator program in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. Amazon is a core member of the LEAF Coalition, a new global public-private initiative to raise at least $1 billion to protect the world’s rainforests.
Amazon is the co-founder and first signatory of The climate commitmenta commitment to achieve net zero CO₂ emissions by 2040. As part of this, more than 375 signatories in 51 sectors and 29 countries to date, work together on initiatives aimed at preserving nature and investing in decarbonisation technologies.
To learn more about Amazon’s support for natural solutions, visit our website: https://durabilite.aboutamazon.fr/apropos/the-climate-pledge/solutions-naturelles.
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