Developing "eco-citizenship" in Béarn

To increase public awareness of the need to protect our living environments and commit to sustainable development, the CDIE (centre for environmental documentation and initiatives) Béarn works hard to get the green message across.

Environment and Biodiversity

France, Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Lionel Kreitzer

28,200 € to the Selection Committee at 2004/11/30

Project leader

CDIE Béarn

« Just as we learn to read, write and count as young children, we must now learn the fundamentals of eco-citizenship. Nature has given us the means to live and prosper and continues to do so. It is only fair that we return the favour by ensuring its protection. »

Lionel Kreitzer

Understanding the water cycle with a view to ensuring its protection, participating in sorting of waste and recycling, and opting for renewable energy: the CDIE Béarn association was set up by professor Jean Delfaud, founding chair of geology at the University of Pau in order to increase public awareness and understanding of the important role "eco-citizenship" can play. Founded in June 2002, the CDIE Béarn takes its message to people of all ages and backgrounds.

A regional initiative

In 2005, the association is planning to make presentations in secondary and high schools on the theme of waste recycling (Let's sort our tin cans"), as well as trips for the general public on the themes of water, waste and renewable energy, the setting up of eco-citizen projects to clean up waterways and river banks, organisation of "H20" learning classes, as well as other events led by scientists on the theme of sustainable development.
Given the key importance of this issue, the diversity of the initiatives undertaken and the target audiences, the CDIE Béarn has managed to attract support from numerous partners who have been impressed by its dynamic approach: the general council of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques region, the municipality of Pau, the SMTD (waste processing authority) for the Eastern basin, the Adour-Garonne water board, etc. However, to meet all of its needs (documentary base, recreational and scientific equipment, etc.) it has called on the support of the Veolia foundation. The funding granted will enable all the required teaching material to be purchased.