From now until October 7, 2013, the Jardin des Plantes — a beautiful Parisian park that also happens to house several museums and a zoo — will host a series of events to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the INPN. INPN stands for Inventaire National du Patrimoine Naturel or, in English, the National Inventory of Natural Heritage. This special anniversary celebration will be dedicated to promoting biodiversity and geodiversity.
The INPN was established in order to gather the most important data on nature in France, especially related to species, natural habitats, protected spaces and geological heritage. In this way, the organization has developed an expertise on conservation of biodiversity that it is now sharing with the public at large.
The events planned for the Jardin des Plantes include conferences that teach participants how to identify species that live near them and that explain why it even matters to create an inventory of the flora and fauna found in a region.
In addition to the various talks scheduled throughout the spring and summer, there will also be a photo exhibition from June 26 until October 7, 2013. The exhibition, entitled ‘The Tour de France of Biodiversity,’ will be presented in the large evolution museum within the park — the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution. This exhibition will begin at the same time that the real Tour de France takes place, making for an interesting parallel to a major sports event.
Guests staying at the Hôtel Louvre Marsollier should make sure to plan a visit to the Jardin des Plantes in the 5th arrondissement of Paris in order to discover the rich plant and animal life that is all around them and throughout the country of France.