VIVANT is an exceptional cultural event taking place between March and October 2020 in conjunction with the IUCN World Conservation Congress, to raise awareness and rally political action on biodiversity issues.

Organized every 4 years, the IUCN World Conservation Congress gathers thousands of leaders and decision makers from the spheres of government, civil society, native populations, business and research, with the aim of preserving the environment and using solutions inspired by nature to solve the problems facing our planet.

The next Congress will be held in France for the first time, in Marseille, 2020.

Following the Paris Agreement, it is a decisive step to speed up French public policies and public awareness in regards the preservation of nature and biodiversity.

The sixth mass extinction that threatens the living diversity affects species as well as ecosystems and genes. Today in France, 26 % of  studied species are extinct or endangered.
Action is urgently needed, from public authorities, civil society and its citizens.

VIVANT wishes to promote a new culture of nature, rallying conservationists, artists and cultural actors under a common banner, to raise collective awareness  amongst the general public and political actors in order to develop concrete actions in the general context of the sixth mass extinction.

The VIVANT cultural season may continue beyond 2020.


Through a common agenda valorizing existing locally-run cultural actions relating to biodiversity throughout France, as well as the highly visible events in Marseille, VIVANT aims to construct a project of national stature with significant repercussions, that favors an inspiring and creative approach to the necessary protection of living beings, reaffirming the central place of culture in the ecological transition.


JULY 2019 – FEBRUARY 2020

The VIVANT online platform is open for registration, allowing anyone to register their relevant actions and initiatives on the agenda of this cultural season for biodiversity. VIVANT will share cultural content, news and events on the subject.


The VIVANT cultural agenda of events taking place throughout France is published online.

JUNE 2020

The VIVANT headline events take place in Marseille.


Supported by cultural venues as well as natural spaces, artists, communities, associations, companies, these initiatives work towards the general public awareness on biodiversity issues and the implementation of concrete solutions.

Join VIVANT, participate in the cultural season for biodiversity


To feel, to question, to fight for the diversity of all forms of life, to offer biodiversity a palpable reality and irrigate territories with innovative cultural solutions, to valorize the role of artists and of culture in the ecological transition and to develop a synergy between the actors of nature and of culture, these are the goals of VIVANT.
There are 53 natural regional parks in France, spread across France’s metropolitan and overseas territories, 349 classified natural reserves, National Botanical Conservatories, several million hectares of public forests, the Grand Sites and various organisms mobilized for the protection of spaces.
There are just as many cultural and patrimonial actors, engaged to give life to these territories.
VIVANT aims to link cultural diversity to natural diversity.


VIVANT, the cultural season for biodiversity is conceived by COAL, who has been working for more than 10 years on promoting a cultural approach to ecology, in partnership with the Ministry of Ecology and the Ministry of Culture, the support of the European Union, of the ACT network and many other partners.


The COAL association, first on the mark in France to link art and ecology, was founded in 2008 by a group of French professionals working in the fields of contemporary art, sustainable development and research in order to promote the emergence of a culture of ecology.
COAL awards an annual Art and Environment Prize, curates contemporary art exhibitions and organizes cultural events on environmental issues (UNESCO, La Villette, la Gaîté lyrique, FIAC, Domaine de Chamarande, Berges de Seine, Grand Paris Express, Parc Régional du Haut Jura…).
COAL was also the initiator of ArtCOP21. This cultural agenda of the COP21 joined more than 600 cultural events and contributed to making art and culture an active part of COP21 in 2015, and has inspired the creation of the VIVANT cultural season.


VIVANT is followed by a steering committee composed of:

Nadia Vargas, Project manager National Strategy for biodiversity at the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition

Olivier Lerude, Senior official of the Sustainable Development, deputy of the Ministry of Culture

Anne Pellier, National coordinator for the 2020 IUCN World Conservation Congress

Marguerite Culot-Horth, Project manager of Mobilization 2020 for Biodiversity of the French Office of Biodiversity 

Charlotte Meunier, Vice-President of the Natural Reserves of France

Jacques-Olivier Barthes, Head of Communication at the WWF

Francis Talin, Manager at the department of education, culture and social development at the Parc national des Calanques

Sarah M’Bodji, Cultural advisor of the city of Marseille

Anne de Malleray, Head of collection of the Billebaude journal, associated with the Fondation François Sommer and Glénat editions




Ingrid Cadoret | Responsable Pôle Culture
M: 06 88 89 17 72
56 rue Saint-Lazare | 75009 Paris FRANCE


The Ministry of Ecology and the Ministry of Culture are the founding partners of VIVANT.

VIVANT has the financial support of the European Union via the European cooperation program ACT Art and climate change, the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature and the François Sommer Foundation.

All of VIVANT partners




For all inquiries

Joan Pronnier
Project manager – VIVANT season

Homepage image credits :
Lucy + Jorge Orta, Lifeguard Amazonia, 2016 © Studio Orta
Zhao Renhui, Christmas Island Naturally, 2016 © Zhao Renhui
Brandon Ballengée, The Framework of Absence, 2014 © Brandon Ballengée
Zhao Renhui, Expedition #37, 2008 © Institute of Critical Zoologists
Elsa Guillaume, Anthropocosmos microphage détails, 2015 © Elsa Guillaume
Lucy + Jorge Orta, Fabulae Naturae, 2015 © Studio Orta
Nicolas Floc’h, Plongée d’exploration de récifs articiels lors de Tara Pacic, 2017 © Nicolas Floc’h