Jean-Baptiste Routier


  • Diploma of Higher Specialist Studies, Tropical Agronomy and Forestry - University Paris 12
  • Diploma in Higher Applied Studies, Geography - University Paris 1
  • MSc, Ecology - University Grenoble Alps

Jean-Baptiste Routier

In a nutshell, tell us about yourself.

I’m from the generation that grew up with Cousteau’s documentaries, and that’s probably what conditioned my permanent amazement for our planet. I then did everything I could to ensure that my profession would allow me to have similar experiences, and to contribute in one way or another to its preservation. I’ve had some incredible professional experiences, such as living in the Saudi desert to reintroduce local wildlife, making a documentary about condors in the Andean Cordillera and working on the mapping of national parks in Colombia. I started my professional career as a researcher and conservation biologist, then gradually became specialised in forest carbon projects and climate change adaptation projects. I enjoy being able to work on a wide range of topics and in different countries and contexts all the time. That’s what I’m looking for at E Co.

What are you most proud of?
My three boys!

What drives you to do this kind of work?
I’m an optimist and I’m convinced that each of us, at our own level, can still help to change things for future generations.

Name three things on your bucket list.
Take time for birdwatching, speaking proper Japanese and have a few beehives.

How do you like to spend your weekends?
Being at sea, whatever the medium, or out in the mountains, with family and friends.

What is the hardest thing you’ve done in the last year?
To launch two projects that were important to me at the same time, a greenhouse salad plantation, and a bike park.