In order to carry out many of its objectives, the Klorane Botanical Foundation supports actions in partnership with various players:
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the biggest and oldest global environmental protection organisation, and brings together over 1,000 governments and NGOs and almost 10,000 expert volunteers throughout almost 160 countries. The IUCN helps find practical solutions to the challenges of protecting nature and sustainable development. It also encourages scientific research and field projects. The Klorane Botanical Foundation works alongside the IUCN to raise public awareness about the themes of species protection, as well as the preservation of Mediterranean medicinal plants, a thousand-year-old heritage which must be conserved for the future.
Tela Botanica, a network of French-speaking botanists
The Tela Botanica organisation is based in Montpellier (Hérault) and has set itself the objective of becoming a network to bring together French-speaking botanists throughout the world who want to share what they know, to make their knowledge accessible to as many people as possible, and drive innovative research projects on plants. Throughout its exploration and education objectives, the Klorane Botanical Foundation is a partner in this botanical network and aims to deliver participative science programmes to the general public: observatoire des saisons (season observatory), a study of wild plants in cities, and the provision of flora in an interactive format. This project brings together scientists, expert botanists, school pupils and their teachers, and driven and curious amateurs. Its aim is to help people discover local wildlife and help to facilitate public commitment to its protection.
National Botanical Conservatory of Brest
This botanical conservatoire is one of the Klorane Botanical Foundation’s long-time partners. Together, they take part in projects to protect species in their natural habitats. In particular, they managed to reintroduce the species Normania triphylla on the island of Madeira, as well as doing much preparatory work before this reintroduction: ten years of study on the plant, then nursery work, and finally a harvest of plants and seeds to achieve its duplication. The National Botanical Conservatory of Brest and the Klorane Botanical Foundation are also partners in public awareness campaigns on endangered species and plants.
Mediterranean Garden of the Mas de la Serre
Located in the hills of Banyuls-sur-Mer in the Eastern Pyrénées region, the Mediterranean Garden of the Mas de la Serre overlooks the valley of the river Baillaury, which begins in the Albères mountains. The Klorane Botanical Foundation is a partner of this garden, through its efforts to raise public awareness about the importance of the medicinal Mediterranean plant heritage. Botanists at the gardens of the Mas de la Serre are assisted in their project by managers from the Massane forest reserve, just a few kilometres from Banyuls. This protected forest is located east of the Albères mountains, and extends over around 336 hectares, making it one of the few primary forests in France.
National Botanical Conservatory of Corsica
As it is an island, and has an extraordinary varied range of landscapes, Corsica is particularly unique in terms of species conservation. Of the 3,000 different plant species which grow on the “Isle of Beauty”, 5% are in fact endemic (they do not exist anywhere else in the world). As it is home to a botanical heritage of great value, the National Botanical Conservatory of Corsica has partnered with the Klorane Botanical Foundation in raising public awareness about the importance of Mediterranean flora for humans, especially in terms of using plants for medicinal purposes.
Stolon (Association des Enseignants-Chercheurs des Sciences Végétales et Fongiques des Facultés de Pharmacie de Langue Française – Society of Teachers-Researchers in Plant and Fungal Sciences from French-speaking Faculties of Pharmacy)
In their university programmes, pharmacists receive solid biology training, during which botany and mycology play a not insignificant role: these disciplines help to identify the pharmacist, in all areas of practice. Beyond this traditional aspect, plant and fungal sciences are vital in all areas of a 21st century pharmacist's work. The pharmacist is an essential point of contact for the public in terms of identification (mainly toxic plants and mushrooms) or for questions about the environment (answers on current issues which have received bad press such as GM foods). Biological, hospital or industrial pharmacists can also benefit from their training in plant and fungal sciences (anti-poison centres, monitoring of raw ingredients in natural origin medications, etc.).
Mycology Association of Toulouse (MAT)
Created in 1977, the MAT is headquartered in the Faculty of Pharmacy. It brings together experienced and novice mycologists who share the will to combine their knowledge and their studies about the world of mushrooms. It organises mushroom gathering trips but also conferences and exhibitions. The Klorane Botanical Foundation provides its support to the events organised by AMT.
Association Mycologique et Botanique de l’Hérault et des Hauts Cantons (AMBHHC – Mycology and Botany Society of the Hérault and Hauts Cantons - MBSHHC)
"To know about plants and mushrooms is to love them: love their variety to protect them", this is the wonderful motto of the Mycology and Botany Society of the Hérault and Hauts Cantons. This organisation gathers together plant and mushroom enthusiasts, whether experts or novices, and sets itself the challenge of taking an inventory of the species in Haut Languedoc in order to find out more about and preserve them. The Klorane Botanical Foundation lends its support to this organisation and helps to organise the Bédarieux botanical days, which offer exhibitions and conferences each year on local biodiversity.
Société Tarnaise de Sciences Naturelles (STSN - Tarn Natural Sciences Society - TNSS)
The TNSS was founded in 1975 under the name Société Castraise de Sciences Naturelles (Castres Natural Sciences Society), and it studies science and nature: mycology, botany, entomology, geology, mineralogy and palaeontology, and runs field study trips, exhibitions, conferences and study meetings on the species observed. The Klorane Botanical Foundation is a partner of this organisation in its efforts to explore botanical heritage and supports all of its actions designed for school pupils and the general public.
Federation of mycological organisations in Western France
The federation aims to promote relationships among the various organisations in the West of France in order to encourage: the coordination of their activities, sharing of mycological knowledge, the coordination of activities carried out by several organisations, the protection and conservation of natural surroundings, teaching of mycology in schools and for the general public, training of qualified determiners, the prevention of intoxication by mushrooms, participation in national actions in partnership with the Mycological Society of France, such as the sharing of a map of French fungi, the contribution to the national mycology register or the blacklist of endangered species, the publishing of an information letter or bulletin.
Mycologiades internationales de Bellême (International Mycology Festival of Bellême)
This international mycology festival has been held each autumn in Bellême (Orne) since 1953. It is open to all mushroom enthusiasts, whether novices or specialists, and offers supervised mushroom gathering trips with leaders and members of the scientific committee, conferences, exhibitions, workshops on lichens, myxomycetes (slime molds), fungal odours, possible confusions between edible and toxic mushrooms, etc. The Klorane Botanical Foundation is a traditional partner in the organisation of this festival.
Faculty of Pharmacy in Toulouse
If there is one field treasured most by the Klorane Botanical Foundation, it is that of pharmaceutical science. Through a long-standing partnership with the Faculty of Pharmacy in Toulouse, the Klorane Botanical Foundation provides guidance for students during their teaching modules on botany. This involves designing herbariums and writing university theses. In addition, with scientific backing from pharmacognosia professors, the Klorane Botanical Foundation makes these botany publications on the medicinal uses of plants available to healthcare professionals.
Institut Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais
As a centre for research and training for engineers in agronomics, food/healthcare and geology, the Institut LaSalle Beauvais leads scientific study programmes on subjects such as the uses of plants. Whether they are used in food, healthcare, or in the environmental study of cultures, there are countless possibilities for working with plants... The Klorane Botanical Foundation has formed a partnership with LaSalle Beauvais by hosting intern students for many years.