BiodiversityThe impact of air transportation on biodiversity is linked to the effects of climate change induced by the CO2 emissions it generates. We support a number of projects and initiatives aimed at protecting biodiversity around our hubs and destinations.
SUPPORT FOR THE HFCP PROGRAM IN MADAGASCAR
Since 2008, Air France has chosen to support a REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) project by contributing to The Holistic Forestry Conservation Program (HFCP) in Madagascar.
In 2018, ten years after its launch, the program attained one of its objectives by achieving carbon certification.
- The sale of the associated carbon credits will supplement the financing of the third phase which will secure longer term project viability in terms of support for local communities engaged in preserving their environment.
- The success of the program demonstrated the effectiveness of coordination between the four parties – the Madagascan State, Air France, public sector lending agencies and the NGO EtcTerra.
- The Communication of the HFCP results has had a knock-on effect with other countries and parties, who have all committed to programs aimed at combating deforestation which is responsible for 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
PROJECTS SUPPORTED THROUGH CUSTOMER OFFSETTING
Alongside the French Civil Aviation Authority (Direction Générale de l’Aviation Civile – DGAC), Air France is a founding member of the A Tree For You association which connects, in a completely transparent way, donators and tree-planting projects everywhere in the world.
- Developed in 2018, the Trip And Tree by Air France program enables passengers to volunteer to reduce their environmental footprint by planting trees.
- This reforestation program is an integral part of the online ticket purchasing process and will be gradually rolled out in 2019.
- Having been selected by a committee of independent experts, these projects are also recognized for their civic aspects as they stimulate the creation of jobs in these countries.
With the CO2ZERO compensation service, KLM offers its passengers the opportunity to fly CO2-neutrally, and thus contribute to CO2OL Tropical Mix, a reforestation project in Panama.
This project was awarded a Gold Standard Global Goals certificate. Its goal is to transform former agricultural land into new mixed forests by planting a blend of mainly native trees and some exotic species.
In addition to the numerous environmental benefits, such as biodiversity protection and ecosystem restoration, the project’s activities integrate capacity building and create long-term employment with a sustainable source of income for the local population, helping them to improve their living conditions.
AN ASSOCIATION TO PROMOTE THE PRESERVATION OF AIRPORT BIODIVERSITY
Air France HOP! has initiated an innovative, collaborative project to study and preserve biodiversity around airports, an area specific to air transportation. With preserved green areas averaging at 73% (with all airport infrastructure nationwide amounting to 340 km²), aviation can play a role in the preservation of grassland, Western Europe’s natural habitat that is now most under threat.
The project, which was launched under the aegis of an independent scientific committee composed of multidisciplinary experts (Natural History Museum, CNRS, conservatories), developed into the HOP! Biodiversity association in 2015, regrouping some twenty partners at the end of 2018: Air France, HOP!, Air Corsica, Air Saint-Pierre, the National History Museum, the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) and sixteen airports, including the three ADP airports and two of its aerodromes. All have made this project an integral part of their sustainable development policies and the in-field commitment has, since 2016, been recognized by the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainability and Energy as part of the National Strategy for Biodiversity.
CONTRIBUTING TO COMBATTING THE TRAFFIC IN PROTECTED SPECIES
Air France and KLM are signatories of the Buckingham Palace Declaration which formalizes our resolute commitment to combatting illegal trading in protected species.
For many years, we have been committed to combatting this illegal trade.
- For example, our cargo division has already carried out a number of initiatives, notably employee training and awareness raising for customers, and participates in working groups with international bodies and associations (World Organization for Animal Health – OIE, IATA, United for Wildlife).
- In 2018, an awareness-raising program was developed for frontline operational staff to help them spot and report suspicious behavior or baggage to the relevant authorities. Air France also provides information for its customers, particularly on its commercial website under Prohibited and Regulated Goods.
- Air France is behind a working group set up at the end of 2017, bringing together Paris Aéroport, the Customs authorities, Chronopost and WWF to plan joint, coordinated initiatives at the Paris-CDG hub.