Last updated: December 9, 2021

RCE Brittany

Photo Credit: RCE Brittany
Rce details
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
April, 2013
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

Photo credit: RCE Brittany

Since its creation, RCE Brittany has worked to bring together organisations at local and regional levels to jointly promote ESD within local and regional communities.

The Brittany region is a vast peninsula in the west part of France about 270 km long, extending over an area of 27,208 km2 with a coastline of 2,730 km, the third of the total coast of France. Its population is 4,354,377 inhabitants with both Celtic and Latin origins. Today, fishing and agriculture are still the two pillars of Brittany's economy. The region has always been at the forefront of educational advancement and research.

Goals and Objectives:

RCE Brittany is engaged in the launch of the ESD for 2030 Roadmap; ESD is now officially included throughout the entire school curriculum, from primary school to university, and school children as well as students are invited to participate to ESD-related local actions. As all RCEs, RCE Brittany is committed to further generating, accelerating and mainstreaming ESD and the realisation of the SDGs in its local and regional context, through facilitating multi-stakeholder partnerships, with a view to a fairer, more tolerant and more sustainable world, and taking into consideration the four Strategic Priority Areas. RCE Brittany is especially interested in staying abreast of the trends and development of SDGs and ESD for 2030 in the region.

Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

Université Bretagne Sud (UBS)

Key Partners:

Name of organisation: ABADAS (NGO for Sub-Saharan Africa)
Role: Direct help in ESD in Sub-Saharan African countries
Contact name: Christian Lemoing 
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Name of organisation: Heliophoros
Role: Solar type architecture, respectful of SDGs
Contact name: Jean-Pierre Rimsky-Korsakov
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Name of organisation: ACTION AID – For solidarity peoples (Local group, VANNES Region)
Role: Emancipate oneself from industrial agriculture for the benefit of Sustainable Agriculture
Contact name: Edith DE GELIS and Marie-Odile BARBIER
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Name of organisation: ART and  ESD
Role: Painting for ESD and SDGs
Contact name: Sylvie ADJA-BROUX
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Name of organisation: CLIM'ACTIONS
Role: Fight against climate change, protection of forests and biodiversity, introduction of new species of trees more resistant to heat, permaculture (Ecology, Social and Economy), agroforestry (hedges for protecting agriculture and cattle), agroecology, action in schools
Contact name: Dominique PIRIO, President
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Current Activities:
  • Climate change: impact on forests, biodiversity, agriculture and fishing in Brittany.
  • Climate change: solutions and innovations specific to the region: habitat and nature, land and sea.
  • Link between the destruction of biodiversity and COVID-19: solutions to be provided urgently.
  • Stakeholders: follow-up of their innovating ESD actions in their respective fields.


Upcoming Activities:
  • Writing a book about the role of intuition in Mathematics and Scientific Education from an ESD perspective (continued).
  • Organising webinars on SDGs to popularise them and also using micro-learning and games.
  • Opening an "ODD Café" in Le Havre, (extension of RCE Brittany in a highly industrialised region close to Brittany, without an RCE covering Normandy).
  • Follow-up of ESD local and regional actions and innovations in the region.
  • Follow-up of the innovating "Forest-Climate" program and the "agro-forestry" project in the region, with partner associations.
  • Follow-up of stakeholders' trends and development of ESD and SDGs in their own field of activity.
  • Writing articles about "trees, a key player in the fight against the climate change", and about "the importance of involving students in university research projects" through an example.


  • Participation in the Europe Regional Meeting Webinar (24-25 November, 2020)
  • Attended two pre-Conference Webinars: "Achieving the SDGs: action throughout learning in a time of global crisis" in view of the 12th RCE Global Conference in Scotland (4 February, 2021 and 8 June, 2021)
  • Attended 2 RCE Webinars on: "Roadmap and Reporting for the RCE Community 2021-2030" (March 2021) and: "Roadmap and Reporting for the RCE Community 2021-2031; What's next?" (9 July, 2021)
  • Written an article :"The interaction of Humanism values and Holism values as a necessary driving force of the ESD at the regional level" (will be published in "Envigogika").
  • "Integrating SD in Education" (achievement of OPEDUCA Project in "Lesage High School", Vannes, Brittany, and extending "OPEDUCA Master classes" in Normandy.
  • SDG 9: "Resilient infrastructure and Innovation": Building of resilient and sustainable solar homes of a new concept, using a process of optimising solar heating system, and an adapted architecture built with environmentally friendly materials. Four houses built to date.
  • SDG 6: "Ensure access to sanitation for all and ensure sustainable management of water resources": ABADAS water sanitation project in Burkina Faso.
  • SDG 4: "Ensure universal access to quality education for all and promote lifelong learning opportunities": ABADAS Project to build a bilingual primary school for Peul's children who had never attended school because they only speak their native language, whereas the classical public school education offers only a teaching in French, while the teachers are speaking another native language.
  • Promotion of the HELIOPHOROS architectural concept and training of local craftsmen (website).
  • 2019/2020: realisation of an Education for Sustainable Development project based on SDG 13 "Climate Action" with Asiatic PhDs students: deepening of their knowledge about this SDG and search for personal actions and solutions.
  • Participation to two webinars about "Climate Change after COVID-19 (Sustainability Research Group London South Bank and The London Regional Centre For Sustainability Education, 30 June and 31 July, 2020, in view of the COP 26 in Glasgow (1-12 November, 2021).
  • Article : "Sustainable Development Education in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" Joint work with Kalterina Shulla, Walter Leal Filho, Jan Henning Sommer, and Christian Boregemeister, International Journal of Sustainable Development and World Ecology, Vol. 27 (2020) (article).
  • RCE Youth Webinar: Challenge 'Youth to the goals': climate action projects (11 August 2021)
  • 'Art, Nature and Sustainability' Webinar - Celebration 10 years RCE London (30 September 2021)
  • 12th Global RCE Conference (16-18 November 2021) – RCE Scotland and Global RCE Service Centre

Exhibition of our RCE Brittany and UBS document entitled: 'Fight against Climate Change : Monitoring of the oceanic waters quality through the installation of bivalves connected to computers by electrodes'

  • In VANNES Brittany, a two day conference (1-2 November 2021) organised by 'Clim'action', a Stakeholder association, about the following topics: fight against climate change, protection of forests and biodiversity, agroforestry, agroecology, the problem of 'not welfare' in the agricultural world.
  • In LE HAVRE (Normandy), (an ESD and SDGs antenna of RCE Brittany): dispatch to Normandy of a Breton team specialised in the depollution of oceanic waters for a 'Seacleaners Operation' as a participation to the Jacques Vabre 2021 Transat. Followed by a Conference about Plastic Waste organised by local actors mobilised on this issue ( 4 November 2021)
  • Conveying knowledge about the protection of the oceans, and about the plastic pollution, for a collective awareness leading to action
  • Cleaning of beaches and coastal areas
  • Developing innovative solutions  about collecting and recycling plastic waste at sea, with the lowest possible environmental impact
In 2022, the cooperation between Brittany and Le Havre for the Transat Jacques Vabre will be renewed and accelerated.
  • In VANNES (Brittany) (23 November 2021): Debate Film organised by the Stakeholder Association 'Festival Alimenterre': 'Poor chicken: a geopolitics of the egg', film produced at the request of the Peasant Confederation, protesting against the 'factory farms'.  


  • Put an end to energy-intensive factory farming
  • Respect of animal welfare
  • Promote Organic Farming
  • Inform the public about the harmful effects of intensive farming on health
  • Reduce the energy bill in time of climate crisis
In addition to what is already underway:
  • Strengthening of links between RCE Brittany and the RCE Brittany's antenna in Le Havre, the RCE Bordeaux, UNESCO Bordeaux, and creation of other links with foreign RCEs
  • Activation of ESD and SDGs conferences in Le Havre, Normandy, this region, next to Brittany, being late in these areas given the absence of an RCE in Le Havre
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Contact Details
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RCE mailing address for correspondence:

Françoise LAVEUVE
RCE Bretagne
27 Chemin de la Forêt
56610 ARRADON - France