« Mission Nature » A scratch card game to promote biodiversity throughout France
Help protect biodiversity close to home for just €3! That’s the aim of « Mission Nature », the new scratch card game launched by the La Française des Jeux group and available from 23 October 2023.
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To preserve biodiversity, « Mission Nature » will use the sale of scratch cards to raise funds that will go directly to the French Office for Biodiversity (OFB) to finance projects to restore living things. The winning projects were selected by a selection committee chaired by Sarah El Haïry, Secretary of State for Biodiversity, and comprising Jean-Marc Zulesi, Chairman of the French National Assembly’s Committee on Sustainable Development and Town and Country Planning, Guillaume Poitrinal, Chairman of the Fondation du Patrimoine, Stéphane Pallez, CEO of the La Française des Jeux group, and Olivier Thibault, Director General of the French Office for Biodiversity.
The 20 winners, selected from around fifty applications received in response to a call for projects entitled « Ecological restoration to promote biodiversity », organised from 2 March to 7 June 2023, will be showcasing concrete, ambitious and local initiatives to restore ecosystems in all their components (habitats, species, functions, pressures and threats, etc.). Two categories of projects have been selected: Emblematic projects Large-scale projects with a major positive impact on ecosystems and their restoration, and acting in favour of habitats or heritage species on a national scale. Mesh projects Large-scale projects with a regional or local impact on the ecosystems or species concerned. Each project selected has a visible, lasting and measurable impact on ecosystems and species. It aims to connect citizens to biodiversity issues by setting an example and by its capacity to strengthen local biodiversity.
6 emblematic winning projects
Emblematic projects are large-scale initiatives with a major positive impact on ecosystems and their restoration, while at the same time acting to protect habitats or heritage species on a national scale.
1. Ecological restoration of the meandering alkaline peat bogs of the Haute-Somme (Hauts-de-France)
2. Post-fire rehabilitation of Hermann’s turtle populations at Cap Taillat (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)
3. Return of Europe’s largest bird of prey (Alps, Massif Central and Pyrenees)
4. Reclaiming and restoring limestone grasslands in the exceptional Verdun forest (Eastern France)
5. Saving the Lamentin mangrove (Martinique)
6. Passive restoration of the Posidonia meadow (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur and Corsica)
The 14 mesh projects
Mesh projects are large-scale initiatives with a regional or local impact on the ecosystems or species concerned. Fourteen networking projects have been selected as part of « Mission Nature ».
1. Restoration plan for peat bogs in the Vosges (Eastern France)
2. Conservation and restoration of two major bat cottages in the Siagne gorges (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur)
3. Restoring biodiversity to cereal-growing plains (Nouvelle-Aquitaine)
4. Saving the mangrove hinterland in Bouéni Bay, Mayotte
5. Creating a network of wooded areas while restoring marshes and meadows (Eastern France)
6. Reclaiming nature in the Monts d’Arrée (Brittany)
7. Restoring former gravel pits on the Forez ecozone site (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
8. Reclaiming the forest along the Pointe de Saziley coastline (Mayotte)
9. Saving the sea turtles at Le Carbet (Martinique)
10. Restoring the wetlands of Mont Saint-Michel (Normandy)
11. HeMA: reclaiming hedgerows and ponds (Pays de la Loire)
12. Inventories and restoration of wetlands and ponds (Bourgogne Franche-Comté and Centre-Val de Loire)
13. Revival of the bocage in southern Indre (Centre-Val de Loire)
14. Nature in the city: planting trees, hedges and a flower meadow in a square (Île-de-France)