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Not-for-profit association Études ET Chantiers works to safeguard a vital natural site in the heart of the French city of Clermont-Ferrand. Open to all, the project promotes sustainable development, involving local volunteers and young job-seekers.
The Puy de Montaudou is a vital ‘green lung’ at the heart of the Clermont-Ferrand conurbation: the extinct volcano is a natural, public space including an ancient Roman theatre, family allotments, and an agricultural green belt. The Puy de Montaudou is the focus of a community project steered by the local authorities in association with Études ET Chantiers, exploring new, sustainable ways to protect the site for future generations.
Currently, an experimental, five-year social project involves young people from Clermont-Ferrand aged 16 and over. The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès is supporting the scheme’s two-year launch phase. The project aims to create between six and ten permanent jobs for its young participants.
A team of volunteers is creating a pilot community garden, organising events to raise public awareness about the Puy de Montaudou, and participating in a consultation exercise with a view to securing its official classification as a ‘sensitive natural area’. In the project’s second phase (from mid-2015), an additional team will create and maintain footpaths, and take over the organisation of a programme of events at the site. Young recruits for this social eco-venture will be supported by mediators and technicians from Études ET Chantiers.
The programme is supported by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès as part of its H³ programme (Head – Heart – Hand).