Richard Mosse captures the environmental damage in the Amazon rainforest

Richard Mosse presents Tristes Tropiques at Jack Shainman Gallery- New York –  a series of large-scale photographic maps capturing the environmental damage in the Amazon rainforest. In connection with this work, Mosse will start his remote residency at CERN in spring 2021, which will lead to an art commission with the support of the Didier and Martine Primat Foundation and its special Fund ODONATA.

Irish photographer Richard Mosse pushes the boundaries of what is possible in documentary photography. For the past year, Richard has been capturing the effects of environmental degradation by industrialized farming and deforestation in the Amazon. Employing geographic information system (GIS) technology, Mosse processed thousands of multispectral images captured above each site by drone to create large-scale photographic maps that document environmental degradation across Brazil’s ‘arc of fire’.

Scientists use multispectral imaging to detect deforestation, carbon dioxide release, toxic pollution and other aspects of damage to the fragile ecosystem, which attracted Mosse to use this medium reflexively. “One of the main reasons to embrace multispectral cameras technologies is because scientists use them to detect environmental changes, and they can image the extent of that through this camera technology. I realised that it accidentally produces a very beautiful colour palette, but it also works metaphorically as somehow part of the narrative that I’m trying to depict. It also can be used in certain instances to show the scale upon the landscape or the topology or the natural environment of man’s destructive traces and pollution”, he explained in a recent podcast with Monocle.

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In order to mitigate plastic pollution, countries need to be able to identify where and how this pollution occurs. The Primat Foundation has supported the publication of innovative work carried out by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) with UNEP United Nations Environment Programme in 2 Mediterranean islands to demonstrate a methodology that allows countries to find and understand the extent of plastic pollution hotspots by polymer type, sector, application, region and waste management areas. The initiative, which includes helping national governments to formulate clear actions to reduce plastic leakage, has just been presented to the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA5).

For more information click on the link: Ground-breaking Plastic Pollution Hotspotting Results Published for Seven Countries in Asia, Africa, and the Mediterranean

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Science Gallery Venice – Haseeb Ahmed Residency’s new website

We are proud to share with you the new website dedicated to the current work of Haseeb Ahmed, the 2020 winning artist of the Earth Water Sky environmental arts and science programme at Science Gallery Venice.


This website reflects and is part of Haseeb’s artistic on going research and creative process on wind as an invisible force which shaped the city of Venice and its maritime history.  Due to COVID,  the residency  has been split into one month digital and one month physical residency, as soon as conditions allows.

Curated by Ariane Koek , the  EarthWaterSky prize and residency is fully funded by Didier and Martine Primat Foundation .


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Reclaiming the place of agro-biodiversity in the conservation and food debates

IDRRI and Science Po have joined their efforts to emphasize the attention that should be paid to the protection and restoration of biodiversity within agricultural landscapes.

Click HERE to read this article which has received financial support from the Fondation Didier et Martine Primat, the French government in the framework of the programme “Investissements d’avenir”, managed by ANR (the French National Research Agency) under the reference ANR-10-LABX-14-01 and  from the Office Français pour la Biodiversité (OFB).

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“Food packaging is safe, right?”

Food packaging materials contain many chemical substances that pose potential risks to human health and the environment.

The Primat Foundation via a donation to the Food Packaging Forum supports the production of 3 informative science videos on toxic materials in food packaging.

These video are intended primarily for decision-makers and influencers (policy makers, politicians, philanthropists); multipliers (journalists from the major media, bloggers ); NGOs acting in the environmental sphere to help them to move the lines.

Click HERE to view the video presenting a scientific reflection on the toxicity of certain food packaging.

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Launch of Sparks! CERN’s multidisciplinary science innovation forum and public event

The Didier and Martine Primat Foundation is proud to support the launch of CERN’s multidisciplinary science innovation forum and public event: Sparks! Also labelled as the serendipity forum at CERN, it will bring together this November renowned scientists from diverse fields around the world, along with decision makers, representatives of industry, philanthropists, ethicists and the public to bring a novel, multi-faceted approach to address some of the big questions of our time.

For more information, visit Sparks! website


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BeMed launches its 5th call for micro-initiatives

Every year, more than a quarter of the plastic waste generated in the Mediterranean ends up in the sea. Plastic and the toxic compounds it contains are a scourge for marine fauna and flora and represent a major challenge for the preservation of the ecosystems on which mankind depends.
To prevent plastic pollution in the Mediterranean, BeMed supports, federates and accompanies actors in the field in order to reduce the use of plastic, find alternatives, improve collection systems, raise awareness, collect data and help implement new regulations. The BeMed network currently extends to 15 countries around the Mediterranean for 53 supported projects.
In the current health context where single-use plastics are making a strong comeback, it is essential to strengthen efforts to limit over-consumption and reduce leakage to the environment.

With this in mind, BeMed is launching for the 5th consecutive year its call for micro-initiatives.
Beyond financial support, the BeMed call for micro-initiatives encourages the sharing of good practices between the actors of the network. The Monaco Ocean Week 2021 will be an opportunity for the 2019 laureates to meet in the Principality to exchange on the progress of their project and for BeMed to unveil its 2020 laureates.
The call for micro-initiatives in brief :

Eligible actors: the call concerns NGOs, local authorities, municipalities, private companies with less than 20 employees, scientific institutions whose legal status allows them to receive grants.

Type of targeted actions : the call concerns actions contributing to reduce the arrival of plastics in the Mediterranean Sea. The replication or adaptation of successful experiences in other areas or countries is encouraged. Initiatives must include a maximum of concrete actions.

Eligible countries: all countries around the Mediterranean.
BeMed’s contribution for each project: up to a maximum of 10,000 euros.
Starting date of the project: from May 2021.
Duration of the project: 12 to 18 months maximum (end of project no later than 30 November 2022). The call is open until Sunday 3 January 2021.
Find all the information concerning the call for projects on the BeMed website.

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