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Contributing to enhanced understanding of best practices in the vertical world.
Promoting the preservation of hard-to-access ecosystems.
Encouraging learning and risk management to avoid accidents.
Reaching a summit or progressing in the vertical world gives rise to enduring passions that help women and men grow, thrive and dream. For over 15 years, the Petzl Foundation s mission has been to support and initiate public interest projects through its activities in mountainous and vertical domains, projects that help bring balance to humankind s place in our natural, cultural, and economic environments.
Technical rescue gets organized Created in 2018 in the United States by technical rescue experts, the International Technical Rescue Association (ITRA) aims to promote best practices and the dissemination of rescue training standards. Through its actions, it works to ensure better recognition of technical rescue professionals. ITRA trains its own instructors, then provides technical rescue training in environments as diverse as whitewater, earthquake-damaged buildings, verticality or confined spaces. The nonprofit organization receives broad support from companies specializing in the rescue sector, as well as a global network of rescue experts. It operates mainly in North America, the United Kingdom and New Zealand.
Supported partner: International Technical Rescue Association (ITRA) Location: United States Financial support: 4,500
Fauna inventory in the Guianese forest canopy The CAFOTROP association organizes scientific expeditions around the world to study the biodiversity of forest canopies. It is developing tree climbing techniques derived from the tree care industry to make the canopy accessible to scientists. The Petzl Foundation has helped finance one of its field missions in the Guianese forest canopy. Accompanied by tree climbers, scientists from the National Museum of Natural History set up photo traps in fruit trees, southeast of Cayenne, along the edge of National Highway 2. The first results revealed an unexpected visitation of the canopy by fruit- eating vertebrates, who contribute to seed dispersal, thus ensuring forest regeneration.
Supported partner: CAFOTROP Location: French Guiana Financial support: 2,500 Photo: Installing an automatic camera in the crown of a yayamadu (virola) tree on the side of National Highway 2 in French Guiana, between Régina and Saint-Georges-de-l Oyapock.
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