The plant world comes under threat every day. KLORANE Laboratories actively work to protect our plant heritage thanks to their Corporate Foundation, the KLORANE Institute. The Institute has set itself 3 objectives:
To preserve and protect endangered species (partnership with the National Botanical Conservatory of Brest)
To educate primary school children about plants and how to respect them with the help of dispensing chemists
To support associations and institutions with a similar philosophy to that of the KLORANE Institute.
The example of Normania triphylla (Lowe) Lowe
All plant species play an essential part in the great balance of nature. The fate of Normania triphylla (Lowe) Lowe is a good illustration of this. This plant, endemic to the island of Madeira, was believed to have disappeared more than 100 years ago when a botanist, Father Nobrega, spotted a few isolated plants on this very island. Aware of the rarity of this magnificent plant, the botanist took a few seeds to Funchal and to the National Botanical Conservatory of Brest (CBNB). The CBNB team succeeded in growing some young plants. In order to continue the work of Father Nobrega, the KLORANE Institute established a partnership agreement with the National Botanical Conservatory of Brest on 22 May 2007 to re-establish this species in its natural habitat.
Without the support of the KLORANE Institute, this plant would not exist today.
Today, the KLORANE Institute is enlarging its horizons...
In Portugal, the Institute plants a tree each time a child is born. As a result, approximately 100,000 trees are replanted each year.
In Greece, following the devastating fires in the summer of 2007, the Institute replanted 10,000 olive trees.
In Italy, the KLORANE Institute has worked with national parks, nature reserves federation and primary schools to create the Vividaria project, aimed at raising the awareness to children of the importance of preserving the plant world. First of all in the classroom and then in a real-world situation, children learn how to plant different species of trees to promote biodiversity and counter greenhouse gas emissions. The Vividaria project received recognition from UNESCO’s Italian National Commission for its significant contribution to the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development programme proclaimed by the United Nations and coordinated by UNESCO.
In 2009, KLORANE Laboratories joined forces with Earth Day Quebec and Montréal Botanical Garden’s Plant Biology Research Institute to reintroduce an endangered species, false hop sedge, in its natural habitat. False hop sedge carex is a herbaceous plant from eastern North America, which is generally found in damp, waterside habitats. It is one of the rarest species of carex in Canada, where it can only be found in southern Ontario (5 populations) and Quebec (3 populations). This species has been designated an endangered species in Canada.