We are growing the 'Nature Generation'

We are growing the 'Nature Generation'

Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropole has been actively engaged in combating climate change for many years and is a driving force behind the momentum generated by the IUCN World Conservation Congress. This major event for the preservation of biodiversity, to be held from 4 to 11 September at the Parc Chanot (free admission) with many organised highlights (conferences, exhibitions, workshops, etc.), will generate decisions that will influence global environmental policies for decades to come.

The World Conservation Congress is held every four years and draws together environmental experts from all sectors. Its goal is to work towards nature-based recovery and the protection of biodiversity.

More information on the World Conservation Congress



The World Conservation Congress also attracts and mobilises the general public. In particular, "Nature Generation Spaces" help raise awareness and get people involved so that together we can pass on a healthier environment to future generations.

At the heart of the event, Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropole and the Bouches-du-Rhône Department have designed a joint 200 m² stand, a venue that is open to all, where people can talk to experts and take part in educational and fun workshops to get a better grasp of today’s and tomorrow’s environmental issues.



You can find all the information available on our stand, classified by theme.



Take a walk on 67P, or the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet! The Astrophysics Laboratory of Marseille (LAM) is a key player in the design of the OSIRIS/NAC camera on the Rosetta probe. The teams have adapted the scientific images taken by the camera to offer you an augmented reality tour of the comet's surface.


Discover phytoplankton and zooplankton with researchers from the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanology! Essentially made up of organisms invisible to the naked eye, marine plankton plays a fundamental role in the life and climate of our planet.


  • Microscopic observation of zooplankton and phytoplankton
  • Discovering plankton through the augmented and virtual reality of the Planktomania project
  • Discovering polar plankton on board the POLAR POD



Due to its remoteness and harsh sailing conditions, the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica remains largely unexplored. However, it needs to be measured over the long term, especially during the Antarctic winter.

To stay in the "furious fifties" all year round, the naval engineering office, SHIP ST, designed the POLAR POD, a vertical platform that is extremely stable in high sea conditions. Weighing 1000 tons, it is 100 metres high, with 75 metres under the water for ballast.

Driven by the Antarctic Circumpolar Current and self-sufficient in energy (6 wind turbines), the "zero emission" vessel will circumnavigate the Antarctic twice in 3 years. The crew will be changed every 2 months. Research will mainly focus on atmosphere-ocean exchanges, CO2 absorption, inventory of plankton by imagery and fauna by acoustics, calibration of satellite measurements, and anthropogenic impacts. It is expected to be launched at the end of 2023.





The ALBATROSS instrumented mooring line, together with the DYFAMED, LION and Nice sites, is part of the EMSO ERIC regional installation for the Ligurian Sea. The complete infrastructure will enable the study of hydrogeological changes and biogeochemical properties in the Mediterranean Sea linked to climate forcing and anthropogenic impacts.

BathyBot (Follow me! @bathybot)

A multi-sensor crawler robot operated via the internet! Its immersion to a depth of 2500 metres from the oceanographic research vessels the Pourquoi Pas? and the Nautile, 40 km off the coast of Toulon, is planned for January 2022. It will provide continuous observation of oceanographic and biogeochemical parameters in order to obtain rare data on the abundance and dynamics of particles and living organisms at these depths. BathyBot will thus make it possible to observe the deep marine environment so as to learn more about this still virtually unknown environment.


A bio-inspired cement coloniser was designed and built by the scientists of the BathyBot programme in collaboration with the Tangram architectural firm and VICAT SA, a French cement company. BathyReef will allow BathyBot to observe an area from a position slightly above the sea floor, monitoring the colonisation of organisms at depth over several years.

Bioluminescence x9

  • In each porthole, discover bioluminescence, the production of light by living organisms.
  • Bioluminescence: "bios," means life in Greek and "lumen" means light in Latin.
  • ¾ of all organisms in the ocean possess this bioluminescence capacity.
  • Most of the ocean is immersed in darkness, so emitting light is an asset for organisms living there.
  • Strong bioluminescence phenomena have been discovered at a depth of 2500 m in the Mediterranean Sea through the scientific work carried out by the MIO.
  • Some jellyfish and fish can emit their own light, as can bacteria such as the Photobacterium phosphoreum species that you can see here, and small luminous algae called dinoflagellates.
  • Bacterial bioluminescence is continuous, unlike most other light-emitting organisms.
  • Attracting prey, dazzling a predator... not all the ecological reasons for marine organism bioluminescence are known as yet.
  • A night swim in the wake of a boat, or isolating luminous bacteria from fresh fish... in Marseille, there are many opportunities to observe bioluminescence!

Niskin bottle : sea water sampling bottle from between the surface and the bottom of the oceans, deployed from oceanographic research ships".

Plankton net : a net for collecting planktonic organisms larger than 35 microns from between the surface and 200 m, deployed from oceanographic research vessels".


Wild: animal podcasts
Ambre, a wildlife reporter, takes you on a journey to discover the species that inhabit the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropole. Keep your ears open and enjoy this immersion in sound from the midst of nature!

Ten-minute podcasts produced by Urbanprod with the financial support of the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropole. Adult and children's versions. Available - alongside other productions - on all download platforms.

# A night with the bats
# The butterflies of Sainte-Victoire
# Salin de Fos: the little paradise of the pink flamingos
# Meet Europe's largest and most mysterious bird of prey: the Eagle Owl
# A trip out to sea with puffins, whales and corbs, the singing fish!
# The Crau Cricket: a unique, mysterious and endangered species
# Otters and beavers: the return to our shores of semi-aquatic mammals # The Southern Shrike: an astonishing species, typical of Mediterranean environments and threatened by extinction
# Bonelli's Eagle: an exceptional bird of prey in our Provençal massifs
# An evening in the rain with the Natterjack Toads



Discover the processes that shape our landforms with the interactive sandbox! Come and explore the formation of landscapes, rivers and mountain erosion with this augmented reality sandbox from the European Centre for Environmental Geosciences Research and Education, and enjoy a virtual walk with "Virtuafield", an educational app to observe and learn about geology.

Explore the area to discover its fauna, flora and natural habitats. This exhibition reveals the beauty as well as the fragility of the local biodiversity. An exceptional natural heritage to be (re)discovered... so as to better protect it.

Consult the exhibition boards

A rich environment in the heart of our nature areas Water is a key link between the back country - the streams, rivers, ponds - and the sea. Preservation and recovery of the environment, flood prevention, enhancement of natural resources and development of economic activities: every effort has gone into making the coastline more attractive while respecting the environment.

Consult the exhibition boards

The fabulous destiny of waste. With the Aremacs association, you’ll know everything there is to know about recycling waste! Come and explore the infinite lifecycle of waste on your own or with the family.
The zero-waste apartment. Adopt the R3FLEX to reduce waste and discover what you can do on a day-to-day basis. Objective 2035: a zero-waste, waste-free urban community!


Play now! With the "Biodivalise" games from the Science Observatory (Observatoire des Sciences de l'Univers Institut Pythéas) and from Tela Botanica mediated by the Seasons Observatory at the Mediterranean Institute for Marine and Terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology (Observatoire des Saisons Provence de l’Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d'Écologie marine et continentale).

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