Etc Terra was born out of the ‘Carbon Action’ programme of Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s GoodPlanet Foundation. Over several years, the Carbon Action team gained significant experience in the development and management of renewable energy, forest conservation, agro-ecology and waste re-use projects. A subset of this team saw an opportunity to apply this expertise to economic projects in developing countries and – in full collaboration with the GoodPlanet Foundation – agreed to create Etc Terra to develop and manage such projects, in continuing close association with GoodPlanet.
Etc Terra is an 'association loi 1901', created on April 11th 2012 and declared on June 22th 2012 at the Paris administrative office. The publication in the official journal is dated July 14th 2012 under the registration number W751215383.
Etc Terra is an association made up of founding members, active members and donors. It is governed by its board of 8 directors. Its Articles of Association can be downloaded here.
Download here the status of the Association (in french).
Denis Loyer - President
With a strong background in Agronomy and Fisheries science, Denis Loyer worked with the French development agency (AFD) for 28 years. First in Africa, followed by working in the environment and natural resource department initiated by him in 2002 and later in 2007 he was the Deputy Director of the Technical operations department. In 2010, he was also the adviser to the Director General of AFD on climate issues. He has actively participated in the creation of Etc Terra and is the President of the association.
Olivier Langrand - Treasurer
Holder of a Masters of Science (MSc) from the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg - South Africa), Olivier Langrand is an avid birder, expert on the birds of southwestern Indian Ocean islands, and author and/or co-author of over 100 scientific publications. Over the course of his twenty-eight year career, Olivier Langrand worked in Africa with World Wildlife Fund, then ten years with Conservation International, where, he led the Africa and Madagascar divisions and then served as Executive Vice President in charge of the Center for Conservation and Government. Since January 2015, he is Executive Director of the CEPF (Critical Ecosystems Partnership Fund), a global leader in enabling civil society to participate in and benefit from conserving some of the world’s most critical ecosystems. Olivier Langrand joined Etc Terra’s Board in June 2013, bringing his extensive knowledge of nature and its conservation for human development. He is the Treasurer of Etc Terra.
Pierre Caussade - Secretary
Former student of the École Polytechnique and the Ecole Nationale de l'Aviation Civile, Pierre Caussade began his career at the Civil Aviation General Directorate of Ministry of Transport and at Aéroports de Paris. In 1979 he joined Air France where he held various responsibilities. In 2006, he was appointed Environment and Sustainable Development Director. In this function, he actively participated in international negotiations on the aviation climate sector, within IATA (International Air Transport Association) and ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization). As part of a sponsorship funded by Air France, he drived the Holistic Conservation Programme for Forests in Madagascar, carried out with the GoodPlanet Foundation and WWF.
Since January 2014, he is project manager at Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.
Pierre Caussade joined Etc Terra's Board in June 2014. He is now the Secretary.
Holder of a Ph.D. in Natural Resources Economics from the University of Florida, Fred Boltz has published actively in leading economic and environmental journals and has co-edited current books on climate change and ecosystem services. With more than 20 years of experience in sustainable development, environmental science, policy and practice, Fred Boltz was Senior Vice President for International Policy at Conservation International (CI), serving as the chief officer for global climate change, freshwater and food security, biodiversity and sustainable development policy. He has deep experience implementing programs in Africa, Asia and South America. His immersion in development practice traces to 1992, when he established CI's first protected area conservation and rural development project in the eastern rainforest of Madagascar. Currently Managing Director at the Rockefeller Foundation where he leads the Foundation's global work related to ecosystems, Fred Boltz joined Etc Terra’s Board in June 2013.
Agronomist and Forests engineer, Jean-Yves Grosclaude worked for 25 years at the French Development Agency (AFD). He exercises initially within the Agriculture Division especially for Africa, the Indian Ocean and Asia and then in the national representation of the AFD in Morocco. In 2000, he joined the executive committee, where he was notably General Secretary of the FFEM, Executive Director of Operations and Executive Director of Strategy, and as such, responsible for the implementation of the AFD strategies about "climate" (COP 21), Sustainable Development Goals (post 2015) and changes the rules of the Development Assistance (OECD, post 2015). Since October 2014, he was special assistant to the General Council of Food, Agriculture and Rural Areas (CGAAER) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (MAAF), speaking priority issues "climate", "water", "territory" and "sustainable development goals", in France and abroad. Jean-Yves Grosclaude joined Etc Terra's Board in June 2015..
Holder of a Master’s degree in Engineering from Mines de Paris in France and of an Executive MBA from INSEAD, Pauline Plisson has a special interest in technological innovation for fighting climate change.
Within the Innovation department of Fives, an engineering company, she launched an eco-design program that leads to reducing environmental impacts of industries such as steel, cement, aluminium… Before joining Fives, she worked as a consultant at ENEA Consulting where she advised big corporations on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. She has being distinguished in 2013 with an Industry Women's Awards in the Sustainable Development category.
Pauline Plisson had been working with Etc Terra on energy topics for a year when she joined the Board in June 2015.
Graduate of the National School of Engineering of Water and Environment in Strasbourg (ENGEES), School of Advanced Studies in Public Health in Rennes, and then of the Center for Financial, Economics and Banking Studies of the French Development Agency (AFD) in Paris and Marseille, Harison Randriarimanana worked for over 30 years in the Ministry of Agriculture in Madagascar. In 2004, he became Minister of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, then Minister of Economy, Planning, Private Sector and Trade and thereafter Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, a position he left following the political events of 2009. Currently advisor specialist in sustainable rural development within the Action Plan for Rural Development (PADR) Harison Randriarimanana followed Etc Terra’s activities since its inception and joined the Board in June 2013.
Romuald Vaudry - Employee
With a degree in Forestry, Romuald Vaudry has previously worked for 12 years at the CRPF of Normandy and later worked for 4 years at GoodPlanet Fondation. Founding member, he was reelected to the Board in June 2015.