Revealing the beauty and fragility of our planet with The Explorers
In revealing the beauty and the fragility of our planet, The Explorers’ project assesses the challenges of biodiversity protection and the need to take action. It reflects Kering’s approach to sustainability, based on science and taking action, as well as raising awareness and encouraging involvement from as many people as possible. As such, the Group is reaffirming its partnership with The Explorers. Each month, Kering publishes new content that provides an insight on the challenges of biodiversity protection.
Exploring in order to communicate, and knowing better to protect better
At Kering, we are convinced that the protection of biodiversity and resources is a collective endeavor. To this end, we aspire to increase awareness among as many people as possible of the environmental challenges at stake, where everyone is encouraged to make their contribution.
Since 2020, this is why Kering has decided to support The Explorers as its main partner. The globe-trotting Explorers’ teams take an inventory of the Earth’s natural, cultural and human heritage, showcased in ultra-high-definition (8K/4K/HD) photos. Local populations express their views in each new expedition, which is used to develop and enhance this inventory. The Explorers have shared their discoveries by developing a platform that combines photos, illustrations, videos and documentaries.
The expeditions reveal the beauty and the fragility of biodiversity in equal measure. In an effort to raise public awareness of the challenges related to biodiversity, Kering will share a monthly selection of photos and videos from The Explorers’ platform.
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To learn more about Kering’s sustainability strategy and the initiatives taken to safeguard our planet, click on the dedicated section.
The sea, lakes and oceans form the cornerstone of biodiversity. These spaces, which constitute real reserves of fauna and flora, are now under threat from global warming and rising sea levels. Discover a few treasures of underwater biodiversity which includes blacktip reef sharks, narwhals and coral reef ecosystems.
A paradise for sharks
The waters of Rangiroa's lagoon are the meeting place for hundreds of gray and blacktip reef sharks. They have found their happiness: the waters are warm, full of fish and the current is so strong that they do not even need to move.
620 miles long, the Mesoamerican barrier reef is second only in size to The Great Barrier Reef of Australia. And the reef’s most illustrious visitors is definitely the giant of the seas: the whale shark. Nobody really knows exactly where and when the sharks appear. Despite their colossal size, they are often invisible.
Earth represents a living environment shared between an endless number of rare and fragile plants and animals. Together with local populations, these species are a source of wealth that needs protecting.
The mangrove, green lungs
Mangroves are the lungs of our planet; not only through their ability to capture 80 tons of CO2 per hectare but also their storage capacity of five times more carbon than other forests worldwide. In this half-submerged ecosystem, tree roots rise to the surface like snorkels to absorb oxygen. Mangroves play several ecological roles: they protect the coastline by limiting coastal erosion; they mitigate the impact of storms and cyclones; and they contribute to the protection of coral reefs.
Honduras southern mangrove
To the south of Honduras, the Pacific Ocean extends between El Salvador and Nicaragua to the Gulf of Fonseca. It is home to one of the largest mangrove forests in Central America. Mangrove trees house many species and mollusks, from oysters that settle on their roots to crabs that come to dig their burrows in the mud.
Raja Ampat mangrove
Located in West Papua, Raja Ampat is an archipelago comprising 1,500 islands. Its myriad of islets has formed massive, labyrinthine coral reefs and mangroves. Raja Ampat is one of the world’s richest marine ecosystems; its mangrove forests provide a habitat for countless terrestrial and marine species.
The aerial views of the expeditions capture the beauty of the areas explored, transcending a heritage left as a legacy to future generations.
Some forest regions of the world are called cloud forests or water forests for their persistent low-level cloud cover, usually at the canopy level. They are mainly mountain rainforests. There, the environmental conditions are favorable to the development of specific ecosystems where many epiphytic plants thrive. They are home to an exceptional biodiversity with rare, endemic species.
Garnet phonolite is a nearly three-million-year-old volcanic rock that, apart from Brazil, is only found in the valleys of Hohoi and Hakatao on Ua Pou island. This rock is most commonly called "flower stones", because, once polished, it reveals flower petals' patterns.
The osprey, a fishing bird of prey
The Scandola natural reserve in Corsica shelters the Osprey, a fishing bird of prey. This magnificent species cannot be mistaken by another bird: light colored with bent-back wings, an expressive head with strongly contrasting markings, and, above all, a fishing method of plunging feet first, the bird disappears in a fount of water as it reaches for its prey.
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