Nat'H is a very young company that was born in December 2019. It was born from a chance meeting between a concrete engineer and the swifts of Toulon.
Why was Nat'H born?
Swifts, like many birds and other animal species, are in steep decline. This alarming disappearance, partly due to the continuous advance of the urban environment in our landscape, very often results in the loss of their habitats.
Faced with this alarming situation, I decided, as a professional in the construction industry, to focus on actions in favour of biodiversity in urban development, by creating the company Nat'H.
By taking into account the growing urban pressure and its impacts, in particular the loss of nesting cavities, Nat'H provides solutions to compensate for the destruction of natural habitats, by proposing shelters and nesting boxes made of wood concrete, to be integrated or not into the building, in order to develop nature in the city and to reclaim threatened biodiversity.
The company's advantages :
Nat'H is committed to working in collaboration with local planners, architects, landscape architects, building professionals and private individuals to find innovative solutions that integrate nature into the city so that building sites can finally be synonymous with biodiversity.
The Polynesian Institute of Biomimicry is an association (law 1901) recognised as a training organisation. It is also an international network of more than 150 active members, with complementary and varied professional expertise, based on the different professions involved in the biomimetic approach: researchers, biologists, designers, engineers, architects....
It also benefits from the support of numerous partners, laboratories, research centres, universities and service providers, thus ensuring continuity in the implementation of the various projects and missions for the development of biomimicry in the Polynesian context.
The Institute focuses on 4 areas of activity:
Expedition, Ecotourism and Participatory Sciences. In partnership with Nani-travels, the Polynesian Institute of Biomimicry proposes a 5-day immersion in Polynesian nature and culture. It proposes to explore the Polynesian land and sea nature while discovering the inspiring and innovative power of Biomimicry. Training in the methods and tools of biomimicry is offered for the regeneration of coral ecosystems.
Project management and assistance: The institute is committed to supporting companies that call on them to co-construct a Biomimetic project.
The In-depth Training is a 1 to 3 day course that introduces participants to the concepts of bioinspired design. Throughout the course, fun workshops, explorations of Polynesian ecosystems and practical design exercises are offered to participants.
Biomimicry Initiations: The proposed experiments are there to create wonder and allow participants to better understand the intelligence of nature of which each one is a part. It is not enough to dive into the ocean to discover postcard-perfect landscapes, we must also be inspired by nature, live with it and take it into account in all our projects.
This is how the Polynesian Institute of Biomimicry fights, mainly, against the pollution of the oceans, because the cleaning of waste is not enough. Companies must innovate and create differently. Everyone can contribute to building a new economy based on Nature, innovative and regenerative of our beautiful planet...
Focus on a project presented during the Biomim'week 2020 on Friday 11 December morning:
Thierry Dutoit is a research director at the CNRS within the Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et Ecologie (IMBE), of which he is deputy director. His research focuses on coexistence processes and assembly rules in Mediterranean herbaceous plant communities.
Thierry Dutoit is particularly interested in the impacts of anthropogenic disturbances over the very long term via approaches that combine paleoecology and historical ecology. The results of his work are applied to ecological restoration or ecosystem rehabilitation, particularly via bio-inspiration, which involves the management of certain key species known as "ecosystem engineers", from bacteria to large herbivores.
In August 2009, a ruptured oil pipeline in the Crau plain in the Bouches-du-Rhône department caused hydrocarbon pollution in the heart of a national nature reserve. There, for the first time in the world, we experimented with the transplantation of harvester ant founding queens to accelerate the restoration of the soil and vegetation on the land that had been rehabilitated. Eight years later, our results show that this operation has really made it possible to increase soil fertility and accelerate the return of the steppe-like vegetation, unique in the world, which pre-existed where ant nests are present, thus making it possible to validate this bio-inspired process on an operational ecological engineering scale.
Useful resources and links :
Report in the series Nature=Future / "Agronomic ants" / December 2019 /
The Bio-inspired Chemistry and Ecological Innovations laboratory, known as ChimEco, brings together researchers and engineers from the CNRS and a teacher-researcher from the University of Montpellier. As its activities are highly valued by industry, half of the researchers are financed by industrial contracts. The ChimEco laboratory is located in the Cap Delta business centre in the Montpellier agglomeration, in the heart of the Euromedicine park biopole.
The ambitions of the ChimEco laboratory are to develop an interdisciplinary approach to global ecology as a vector for sustainable development.
The unusual combination of phytotechnologies adapted to pollution, the ecological rehabilitation of degraded sites and the valorisation of these processes by an innovative and bio-inspired green chemistry, ecocatalysis, must contribute to the development of the current scientific, economic and environmental priorities of ecological innovation.
Claude Grison's speech at Biomim'expo 2017 :
The film Nature=Future:
TEDx 2015 :
Klorane Botanical Foundation - Mint, a plant that cleanses water:
We design tailored and competitive environmental technologies, starting with the development of an innovative soil remediation solution: mycoremediation. We provide an ecological solution for the remediation of contaminated industrial soils. Providing an alternative to physical, chemical and thermal soil treatments, our technology broadens the scope and efficacy of existing bioremediation solutions to the treatment of the most recalcitrant pollutants. As biomimicry professionals, we raise awareness about nature-based innovations to inspire, guide and help organizations achieve their strategic sustainability innovation goals.
WHAT WE OFFER
BIOREMEDIATION SERVICES : Personalized solutions for the soil treatment of recalcitrant contaminants and for other waste streams.
BIOMIMICRY CONSULTING: Sustainability awareness and innovation guidance through the biomimetic lense.
OUR VALUES & OUR DRIVERS
We are convinced that life on earth is the greatest possible source of inspiration and an infinite library of smart solutions. Our ambition is to contribute to solving current environmental and societal challenges by developing bio-inspired restorative innovations.
An art-science-industry-education project to save the coral reefs.
What if the lace of Puy-en-Velay could help save the corals?
At the end of summer 2017, the artist was invited by the Lyon-based association HS-Projets to participate in the 2018 Clermont-Ferrand edition of the International Festival of Extraordinary Textiles. The HS-Projets association aims to promote the exchange of ideas, know-how and experiences on issues related to heritage, contemporary creation and extra-European cultural dynamics, as well as international mobility by stimulating the circulation of heritage objects, artists, creators, professionals and researchers from outside Europe. To respond to this invitation, Jérémy Gobé chose to draw inspiration from a traditional skill of the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region: the point d'esprit, a traditional bobbin lace pattern from Puy-en-Velay. This motif, created more than 400 years ago, is very similar to the design of one of the coral skeletons that he uses in his artistic experiments.