Partnerships

The recently created French agency for marine protected areas (AAMP) has asked IFREMER to compose the basic cartographic collection needed to define its policy for designating sites to be protected. IFREMER works with the agency to recreate the Ospar priority species and habitat maps.

 

The agency for the environment and energy management (ADEME) solicited IFREMER's expertise in developing projects for renewable power generation at sea.

 

The Loire-Brittany water board (AELB) is a partner with whom relations are defined by an annual agreement. This involves monitoring of benthic habitats in application of the Water Framework Directive over the Brittany region in the framework of the REBENT network.

 

Our service works with the CETMEF maritime and fluvial research centre within the French coastal research network ENCORA and in processing wave data to make coastal habitat models.

 

The European research centre for algae (CEVA) has been a partner in the REBENT Brittany network from the outset. It generally contributes to mapping plant cover (Z. Noltii, fucoid and laminaria beds) and more specifically ensures quantitative monitoring of brown seaweed on the foreshore using SPOT imagery. Collaborative work is also done to develop new procedures (acoustics, seaweed distribution modeling, etc.)

 

DYNECO/AG chairs the ICES working group on marine habitat mapping (WGHM) and makes the French annual report.

 

L’Ifremer siège à la Commission des référentiels du CNIG ainsi qu’au Comité de pilotage Adele visant à mettre en place le Géoportail national et sa composante côtière le Géoportail littoral.

 

The DIREN regional environmental directorate in Brittany has supported the REBENT Brittany network from the start. A special agreement was made with DIREN to support its action concerning benthic habitats, in the framework of Nature 2000.

EPHE Dinard, coastal geomorphology and environment laboratory - UMR 8586 PRODIG joint research unit.

 

La Fondation Total pour la biodiversité et la mer a soutenu le Rebent Bretagne durant les cinq premières années. Elle a également soutenu les acquisitions Lidar sur de nombreux sites.

 

The European institute for the environment in Bordeaux (IEEB), the CLABO CONSEIL France group's COFRAC-accredited Hygiene and health laboratory. It is specialized in analysis for food and the environment and works with IFREMER and EDF in ecological monitoring studies in the Gironde estuary.

 

The IUEM European institute of marine studies has been a REBENT Brittany partner since the network was created. The Lemar marine environment laboratory focuses on monitoring intertidal fine sand habitats, zostera beds, marl banks and intertidal rocks (fauna). It also makes some contributions for cartographic purposes (harmonizing existing data, seagrass beds and the Bay of Brest sector) and in developing habitat health indicators. The Lebham laboratory monitors biodiversity of intertidal rocks in terms of flora.

 

Lasting cooperation has been established with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC, UK). It is being pursued in the framework of the DG/MARE EuSeaMap project.

 

The National museum of natural history (MNHN) in Concarneau has been a REBENT Brittany partner from the outset. It monitors subtidal rocks (flora and fauna) on dives.

 

Le Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN) de Dinard a contribué à la génération de cartes harmonisées sur la base de l'existant dans le secteur du Golfe normano-breton.

 

L'Observatoire de Roscoff : l'Observatoire de Roscoff est partenaire du Rebent Bretagne depuis sa création. Il assure plus particulièrement le suivi des sables fins subtidaux et contribue à l'harmonisation de la typologie des habitats et à la génération de produits cartographiques sur la base de l'existant.

 

With very early support for the REBENT Brittany network, the Regional Council is continuing its commitment within the framework of the CPER 2007-2013 plan contract.

 

Work in relation with the French navy hydrographic and oceanographic service (SHOM) is done within the Litto3D (topo-bathymetric survey of French coasts) project and in harmonizing the procedure to create bathymetric DEMs, in relation with IFREMER's SISMER service.

 

The joint research unit UMR EPOC oceanic environments and paleo-environments, which is a component of the OASU Aquitaine observatory for sciences of the universe, involves scientific teams on 2 sites of the University of Bordeaux 1 (Talence and Arcachon). It works with IFREMER and EDF in ecological monitoring studies in the Gironde estuary.