Veolia Environnement SA

11/12/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/12/2018 08:29

Veolia and the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle strengthen their partnership to preserve biodiversity

12 november 2018

Bruno David, President of the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN) and Antoine Frérot, Chairman and CEO of Veolia, have today signed a five-year framework agreement. The goal is to expand and strengthen the current collaboration between the MNHN and the Group in order to improve the coherence and visibility of the actions already in place.

For several years the MNHN and VEOLIA have been collaborating on two biodiversity research projects:

Under this new partnership agreement, the MNHN and Veolia are expanding their collaboration in 4 areas:

  • Research: in addition to its support for MNHN research through the MMB chair, Veolia will support research projects led by the MNHN, and in particular support young researchers' theses and post-doc work
  • Expertise: scientific advice and expertise missions will be conducted by the MNHN to better integrate and understand biodiversity on Veolia sites and help the Group to more effectively integrate biodiversity in its innovation programs
  • Knowledge dissemination: Veolia will collaborate on the MNHN's educational projects conducted on its sites
  • Training: the MNHN will provide biodiversity training for Veolia employees.

Veolia and the MNHN have jointly developed VERBATIM, an automated biodiversity monitoring service. An original project, it looks at bat behaviour data. As bats are at the top of the food chain and long living, they act as markers showing the health of ecosystems. Sensors collect bat population data in a given territory and provide information about the quality of the local biodiversity using indicators developed on the basis of MNHN expertise. The system has been deployed on Plaine du Var near Nice.

More :

> Veolia's corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the Group's commitment to preserve and restore biodiversity
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> Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle