Period: 2008/2010

Site: Forêt de la Comté d’Auvergne (Puy-de-Dôme, Auvergne, France)

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  • will follow IBISCA modus operandi which is based on a combination of (1) international collaboration including ecologists, taxonomists, students and skilled amateurs; (2) a set of common research questions; and (3) an integrated experimental design. The large-scale approach includes complementary techniques of canopy access, diverse botanical and zoological sampling protocols, a large number of focal taxa, substantial spatial and temporal replication, large numbers of experts working simultaneously in the field, as well as large numbers of taxonomic specialists studying the material collected and analyzing the associated distribution data.
  • will bring in some novelties : (1) broadening of the spectra of studied taxa ; (2) applicating the IBISCA modus operandi conceived to study the biodiversity of tropical forests to a temperate deciduous one, and (3) (as a consequence of point (2)) including the human impact dimension, all european forests being the result of a long-term interaction between Homo sapiens and its environment, between "nature" and "culture".

The actors

Project Manager : ProNatura International (PNI), Paris (Préesident : Guy Reynaud ; contact Olivier Pascal ; http://www.pronatura.org/fr/ )

Contracting authority: Société d’Histoire Naturelle Alcide d’Orbigny (SHNAO) Clermont-Ferrand, (Président : Frédéric Durand ; http://www.shnao.com/ )

PI: Bruno Corbara, LMGE-CNRS, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand

Local Partners

  • Université Blaise Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand II)
  • Herbiers Universitaires de Clermont-Ferrand (http://herbiers.univ-bpclermont.fr/)
  • Office National des Forêts (Direction Auvergne-Limousin)
  • Parc Naturel Régional du Livradois-Forez (http://www.parc-livradois-forez.org/)

Organizing Committee

  • Project Director: Bruno Corbara (UBP & SHNAO)
  • Head, logistics:Frédéric Durand (SHNAO)
  • Communication & medias: Viviane Gorce (SHNAO & Productions du Scarabée)
  • Juridical consultant and treasurer: Éric ESTRAMON (SHNAO)
  • Base camp logistics: Patrick Burguet de Brissay (SHNAO)
  • Webmaster: Thomas Calame (SHNAO)

Baseline Programmes and logistics

  • Benjamin Calmont (SHNAO)
  • Jean-Philippe Barbarin (SHNAO)
  • Philippe Bachelard (SHNAO)
  • Emmanuel Boitier (SHNAO)
  • François Fournier (SHNAO)
  • Jean-François Carrias (UBP)Alexandre Teynié (SHNAO)
  • Representative/Conseil Général (Espaces Naturels Sensibles): Philippe Morge
  • Representative/Parc Naturel Régional du Livradois-Forez (PNRLF) : Nadine Nogaret
  • Representative/Office National des Forêts (ONF) : Laurent Lathuillière


  • Conseil Général du Puy-de-Dôme
  • Conseil Régional d’Auvergne

List of the participating institutions

  • Université Blaise-Pascal (Clermont-Ferrand)
  • INRA (Institut National de Recherche Agronomique), Theix (Clermont-Ferrand)
  • Herbiers Universitaires de Clermont-Ferrand
  • Université de Limoges
  • Conservatoire Botanique National du Massif Central (Chavaniac-Lafayette)
  • Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle (Paris)
  • INRA de Rennes
  • Université Paul-Sabatier (Toulouse)
  • Université de Montpellier II
  • Université de Metz
  • Université de Nantes
  • CIRAD, Montpellier
  • CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgique)
  • Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles (Bruxelles, Belgique)
  • Erlangen Üniversität (RFA)
  • Griffith University (Brisbane, Australie)
  • Mac-Gill University (Montreal, Canada)
  • Universidad de Panama
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (Panama)
  • Universidad de Bogota (Colombia)
  • Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto (MG, Brésil)


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