Discover the community

In order to collect the data they need, the scientists are looking for help. Citizens like you, as well as professionals, passionate amateurs or even local populations, in other latitudes. But who are these contributors to whom biodiversity owes a debt of gratitude?

The information collected via participative science programmes helps to advance knowledge. When relayed to decision-makers, it also informs public policies.

Mobilising professionals

The Agricultural Biodiversity Observatory gives farmers the option to implement four standardised protocols. The objective is to observe wildlife on their plots. These systems make it possible to monitor the state of biodiversity in their environment and to raise awareness among these professionals of favourable practices.

For its part, the Florilèges programme calls on managers of green spaces. The aim is to study the flora of urban meadows in relation to the methods of intervention adopted. Here again, it is an opportunity to highlight the effect of practices on the ecological quality of these ecosystems.

Baguage d'oiseaux

© MNHN - S. Forero

Competition for amateur enthusiasts

The Centre for Research on the Biology of Bird Populations is calling on ornithologists. They can be trained in ringing methods in order to take part in the 13 national participatory programmes for monitoring birds by capture and marking.

For many years, informed amateurs have also been cooperating in the identification of new species of molluscs collected by scientists during marine expeditions.

Others get involved by listening to and recording the ultrasounds emitted by bats, to evaluate the variable abundance of these chiropteran populations in time and space.

Finally, contributors are involved in updating the reference database of species present in France (TAXREF). They also help to identify and document key biodiversity areas in France (ZNIEFF programme).

Le baguage des oiseaux est un outil de recherche scientifique pour l’étude des migrations et des populations aviennes.

© MNHN - 2020

Local partnerships

For its part, the Popei-Coll project involves the local populations of Timor-Leste in the development of their practices and know-how. This involvement makes it possible to renew heritage conservation policies in conjunction with the people concerned.

In the same spirit, the Fondjomekwet Heritage programme in western Cameroon aims to carry out a participatory inventory with representatives of the Fondjomekwet population: the history of the chieftaincy and the central power of the Bamileke country, agriculture and livestock breeding, handicrafts and trade are some of the themes explored. The environment and habitat, traditional and modern architecture as well as that of the royal palace are also explored.

A whole community is helping to advance science. Come and join us by choosing the programme for the general public that you like!

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