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A new space dedicated to sustainable development at the BNF in Paris (France’s national library) offers public access to thousands of digital and print documents exploring environmental issues and supporting knowledge-sharing in this vital area.
Sustainable development touches on a wide range of fields and an infinite spectrum of ideas, from science and technology, to politics, even philosophy. In two decades, from the Rio Earth Summit of 1992 to Rio+20 in June 2012, sustainable development has become a central concern for governments, public authorities and individuals alike.
The BNF is committed to creating the first major resource centre for this vital field. Thousands of print and digital documents – scientific journals, popular works and specialist periodicals – will be accessible to the public at large, in a dedicated 120 square meter space at the heart of the library, supported by the Foundation as an expression of its commitment to knowledge-sharing on sustainable development.
Opening in late 2012, the centre will explore the full range of sustainable development issues, with a particular focus on the preservation of biodiversity – a key area of support for the Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès (as its exclusive patron). The centre will offer foundational texts from the field of ecology, the major international accords and their related literature, and will also provide a forum for gatherings and conferences. In supporting the centre, the Foundation aims to reinforce and develop its existing partnerships in this crucially important area.