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France was one of the first countries to create an environment ministry, in 1971. According to the 2012 Environmental Performance Index conducted by Yale and Columbia, France was the sixth-most environmentally conscious country in the world, one place higher than the previous report in 2010. [1]

Sustainability initiatives[edit]

Local sustainability initiatives[edit]

Please see our local or city pages via the France category, where of course you can share any more information you may have about local sustainability initiatives.

Initiatives by topic[edit]

Climate action[edit]

Version française du site internet de la CCNUCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)

Communities online[edit]

La 27e Région

Community currencies activism[edit]

SoNantes, complementary currency, Nantes region.

Community energy[edit]

Wikipedia: France National Renewable Energy Action Plan, Solar power in France, Wind power in France

Ekopedia: Propositions énergétiques pour la France

Community involvement[edit]

Wikipédia: Commission nationale du débat public

Cycling activism[edit]

Critical Mass bicycle rides in France

Environment quality[edit]

Food activism[edit]

Archives de Cuisson Solaire - Incredible Edible Fréland - La Ruche qui dit Oui ! - Open Food France - Solar cooking resources in France

Ekopedia: Association Végétarienne de France

Open spaces[edit]

Wikipedia: List of national parks of France, Regional natural parks of France

Sustainable transport activism[edit]

Tramway de la Communauté Urbaine Nice Côte d'Azur

Wikipedia: Rail transport in France, Trams in France

Waterways & Canals: The French natural and man-made waterways network is the largest in Europe extending to over 8,500 kilometres (5,300 mi). Approximately 20% of the network is suitable for commercial boats of over 1000 tonnes and the VNF (English: Navigable Waterways of France, the French navigation authority) has an ongoing programme of maintenance and modernisation to increase depth of waterways, widths of locks and headroom under bridges to support France's strategy of encouraging freight onto water.

News and comment[edit]


'I leave the car at home': how free buses are revolutionising one French city, Oct 15 [2]


How This Petite French Town Turned a Stadium Boondoggle Into Free Public Transportation, Oct 25 [3]

Point d’étape Chambre des Communs de Lille, Apr 15 [4]

Rob en France: 6 jours de rencontres fascinantes (6 days of fascinating encounters), Apr 12 [5]

L’Atelier Paysan is a French cooperative that works with farmers to design machines and buildings adapted to the specific practices of small farm agroecology, Mar 17 [6]

France offers €200 subsidy on electric bike purchases, Feb 23 [7]

“Now you’re all here, and it feels fantastic”: 3 days in France. Feb 1 [8]

French Development Agency Champions the Commons as New Vision for Development, Jan 18 [9]

French parks and public gardens bid adieu to pesticides, Jan 5 [10]


Ce village français anticapitaliste et 100 % autonome a tout compris ! Dec 3 [11]

France bans plastic cups, plates and cutlery, Sep 17 [12]

France moves towards full ban on pesticides blamed for harming bees, Mar 18 [13]

France says ‘no’ to all new oil exploration permits, January 14 [14]

‘Doggy bag’ law comes into force in France, January 4 [15]


Casau Community Garden, Salies, France. November 19 [16]

France's plan to increase its soil carbon is an example to the world, October 17 [17]

A remarkable day in Ungersheim, a Village in Transition, September 28 [18]

France tilting toward nuclear phase-out, September 9 [19]

France to force big supermarkets to give away unsold food to charity, May 22 [20]

France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels, March 29 [21]

This new law is designed to make products easier to repair, so they stay out of the trash, March 9 [22]

Koolicar & Titi Flores Partner to Launch Carsharing in Nantes, France, February 3 [23]


French city Grenoble bans advertising in favour of trees, November 24 [24]

Climat : quand les citoyens se mobilisent, novembre 5 [25]

France decides to start paying people to bike to work! June 4 [26]

France bans crop spraying during daylight hours to protect bees, May 7 [27]

Weaving together sustainable journeys in Toulouse, May 7 [28]

French Parliament Votes to Prohibit All Strains of GMO Corn, April 18 [29]


Compost Candidates, Oct 19 [30]

France Becomes First Country to Ban Extraction of Natural Gas by Fracking, [31] June 30


Pavement power lights up Toulouse, [32] April 13


French redefine wealth to include happiness, [33] September 15


France Joins the Billion Tree Campaign, [34] January 18


Apps for sustainability[edit]

City Gardens, maps over 400 green spaces in Paris and has expanded to provide similar services to the French cities of Metz, Lille, Lyon, Montpellier, Strasbourg and the European Green Capital of 2013, Nantes. [35]

Citizens data initiative[edit]

open data 71, le Département de Saône-et-Loire libère ses données -, open data, Rennes


Wikimedia Atlas of France


More video: Grand Designs, Brittany Groundhouse, Channel 4, 26 Feb 2009

Local communities in France[edit]

Interwiki links[edit]

Wikipedia: France, France, Environment, Haute Qualité Environnementale

Ekopedia, French / Français


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  1. wikipedia:France#Environment
  2. The Guardian
  10. MNN - Mother Nature Network
  13. Daily Mail Online
  17. The Ecologist
  18. Transition Network
  20. The Guardian
  21. The Guardian
  22. Co.exist
  23. The Grid | Global Site Plans
  24. France 24
  25. France Inter
  27. Farming News
  29. One Green Planet
  31. Observations, Scientific American Blog Network
  34. UNEP
  35. European Green Capital