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The Henri BLAFFART Association

Henri Blaffart committed himself in grassroot conservation projects in New Caledonia. His life has been marked by a passionate defence of the environment all over the world.

His family and his friends wish to continue his action by creating the "Henri Blaffart Association", a small NGO. The "Henri Blaffart Association" aims at assisting natural conservation projects and environmental education. The "association" wishes to support locally the people of the Mount Panié region in New Caledonia.

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Following the success of the first edition in 2008 –more than 100 participants-, we organise on Sunday September 6th the second edition of the ‘Balade Gourmande’ (10 km) in the Eben-Emael region (between Liège and Maastricht). Click here for information about logistics and reservation.

Henri Blaffart

Henri BlaffartHenri Blaffart was a real nature conservation warrior.

Graduated Master of Sciences in forestry at the Faculty of Gembloux (Belgium) in 1990, he worked with commitment for nature conservation projects in Burkina Faso, Samoa, Belgium and Papua New Guinea.

In 2002, he starts working for "Conservation International (CI)" in the framework of the "Botanical reserve of Mount Panié" in the northern region of New Caledonia.

For this project, Henri focusses on problems linked to the environment and on the protection of local biodiversity. He works with the Government of the Northern Province, the Agronomic Institute of New Caledonia and creates the "Association Dayu Biik" which gathers about 15 kanak tribes targetting nature conservation around Mount Panié.

His activities aimed mainly at fighting against bush fires and alien invasive species and at raising local awareness for the outstanding natural heritage as well as at promoting eco-tourism in compliance with the social values of the kanak tribes.

Henri left us on March 21, 2008, taken away by a river that he tried to cross.

« Henri was a truly devoted professional as well as a joyous and wonderful human being » . Claude GASCON, Conservation International Executive Vice President for regional programs.

« While he has sadly departed the mist shrouded forest of the the Mont Panié forests, his spirit will continue to live on in the heart and minds of those touched by his humanity, and the exceptional natural heritage he so passionately protected ». Ahab DOWNER, WWF New Caledonia Country Programme Director.

Next activity

On Sunday September 5th of 2010… Third « Balade Gourmande »