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    Discover our Thirsty for Action Grant and Winners

    Our strength depends on nature. Preserving nature's strength depends on us. We need to join forces and act now.

    Who We Are
  • The Bergwaldprojekt projectThe Bergwaldprojekt projectPhoto Credits: Bergwaldprojekt e.V.

    Meet our nature protector partners

    Join them in their mission to protect nature's strength

    More on our partnership

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thirsty for action?

The Thirsty for Action initiative aims to bring together nature protectors, to move forward actions for a healthier and more sustainable planet. We need to join forces and act together to combat climate change, ensure full circularity, and preserve nature's strength.

That's why, in 2021, Volvic launched a Grant with 4 winners awarded, and why Volvic supports partners like Bergwald, PNRVA, and Killian Jornet in their actions to protect nature

Nature Protection

Initiatives that protect and/or restore natural ecosystems (forests, watersheds, biodiversity...)


Initiatives that results in eliminating unnecessary packaging to reduce waste and/or systems for collection of wastes and recycling.

Climate Change

Initiatives aiming to reduce or capture carbon emissions.

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The Thirsty For Action Grant 2021
A 10K€ award to each of the 4 winning projects

A committee of passionate nature protectors was formed to review all applications and select four NGOs, non-profit organizations and social businesses to receive grants of 10,000€ each.

In addition, Volvic supported the four organizations selected for the grants by promoting each of their nature protection efforts in Volvic’s national media space for a full year, hoping to inspire people to support these efforts by participating in and donating to active initiatives and causes.

Winners of the debut
Thirsty for Action Grant


With a drive to address climate related issues, the goal for EcoTree’s latest project is to create a carbon sink in the Faouët Forest. ​

Having taken over management of the forest in 2017, EcoTree plans to carry out major work in order to preserve biodiversity and also work towards sustainable forest management. Utilising local talent and resources, the organisation conducts field studies and soil analysis. This data is then used to ensure that the correct choice of species is chosen to be planted, which will overall benefit the forest ecosystem.

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Buy Food With Plastic

Buy Food with Plastic's mission is to tackle hunger and the plastic issue at the same time. They achieve this by enabling people living in poverty to pay for food with plastic bottles.

Working closely with a team of local workers in Nicaragua, Ghana and India, Buy Food with Plastic organises events where people can buy a warm meal for their family using 10 plastic bottles as the currency. The young and passionate team from Zurich hopes to spread joy and happiness amongst locals, whilst also creating local jobs and educating people about the plastics issue. And it doesn’t stop there: The collected plastic bottles are upcycled to useful products, like bricks, air conditions, and more . Buy Food with Plastic demonstrates that plastic is a valuable source which should not be wasted.

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Feldwerk is the creation of three hardworking founders. Their goal is to create diverse and sustainable habitats for a variety of insects in their region.​

Feldwerk creates the opportunity for organisations, farmers and willing individuals (the so-called field heroes) to work together to preserve biodiversity on their own doorstep. The organisation works with fieldworkers (farmers) who make land from intensive cultivation available for the creation of flowering meadows. Feldwerk also provides seeds, with a variety of species to plant on the land. All this in turn provides native insects with perfect food and living conditions, from which other wildlife can also benefit. They also use their platform to market bee sponsorships and use their website to fossilise the exchange between farmers and locals - talking to each other instead of about each other. Simply everything according to the motto "Be a hero, till a field!".​​

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La Gamelle Consignée

Recognising the waste management crisis, this organisation endeavour to reduce plastic waste by offering a reuse solution.

Using a turnkey service, La Gamelle Consignée encourages and facilitates an initiative in which consumers pay a deposit in order to have their food packaged in reusable food containers. This is done by managing the collection, cleaning and redistribution process of glass containers rented to consumers, as well as the management of deposit payments and refunds. By forging partnerships with other companies and associations they wish in the short term to create new jobs in the area. They also intend to purchase a cargo bicycle, which will enable them to transport a greater quantity of containers and increase the efficiency of their logistics. Their long term goal is to run a network of partner stores and increase the number of collection points available to consumers.

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Meet Our Jury

Nathan Gilbert

Nathan Gilbert

Former Executive Director, B Lab Europe

Dr. Lutz Möller

Dr. Lutz Möller

Deputy Secretary-General of the German Commission for UNESCO

Kilian Jornet

Kilian Jornet

Global outdoor figure, climate advocate and Founder and President of Kilian Jornet Foundation

Elizabeth Lazuttes

Elizabeth Lazuttes

Head of Waters and Sustainability Volvic Global

Peter Naumann

Peter Naumann

Forester, management csr and public relations Bergwaldprojekt

Elisa Yavchitz

Elisa Yavchitz

Executive Director Les Canaux

Christian Vanizette

Christian Vanizette

Co-Founder of Makesense

Volvic Nature Protector Partners

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The purpose of the association is the protection, maintenance and care of the forest, in particular the mountain forest and the cultural landscapes, as well as the promotion of the understanding of the interrelationships in nature, the concerns of the forest and the dependence of humans on these livelihoods.

For this purpose, the mountain forest project works with volunteers in forests, moors and open-air biotopes at various locations in Germany. The aim of the work assignments is

To preserve the diverse functions of the ecosystems,
To make the participants aware of the importance and the endangerment of our natural foundations of life,
To encourage a broad public to use natural resources in a manner that is compatible with nature.

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Green hills and a clear blue sky


The Auvergne Volcanoes Regional Nature Park covering the departments of Cantal and Puy-de-Dôme, the Auvergne Volcanoes Park offers remarkable mountain landscapes alternating between volcanoes, ridges, summer pastures, natural lakes, peat bogs and forests. Preserved, shaped and inhabited by 90,000 inhabitants, the Park is home to exceptional flora and fauna, but it is also renowned for its know-how and its products. To sustainably develop these resources, the Park acts on a daily basis, by piloting actions in favor of agriculture, water, landscapes, urban planning and energies, natural spaces and sustainable tourism, environmental education and information for residents. ​ In partnership with Volvic, in 2021 they are running the “A Shepherd in My School” operation.

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Person Hiking

Kilian Jornet Foundation

The main mission of the Kilian Jornet Foundation is the preservation of mountains and their environment.

With an appreciation for the athletic and personal growth the mountains have given to Kilian Jornet, it is now his passion and priority to give back. His goal - to assist in preserving the mountain settings for those who depend on them, fauna, flora and humans.

The foundation work in three main areas:

  • Direct actions: Creating or financing projects aimed at solving environmental problems in the mountains, such as clean-up in polluted areas or the installation of sustainable infrastructures to reduce human impact
  • Raise awareness and educate: Through its own communication channels and external ones, the Foundation will work to raise awareness for the importance of preserving the environment, using education to establish a better relationship between humans and mountains
  • Research: By investing in studies and monitoring services to better understand the effects of climate change on mountain environments and establish the best possible tools to address them

Volvic supports Bergwaldprojekt

In Germany, 30% of the forests are endangered : source Bergwaldprojekt