Partners in facilitation and field actions

Partner agencies incorporate their own initiative within BioLit and their dynamism contributes to increasing knowledge of the coastline:
- whether this as a « local relay » to accompany the public, carrying out BioLit sorties within the framework of their own activities,
- soit en tant que « regional coordinator » identifying and mobilizing other structures around the BioLit program.

Scientific partners

Program co-founders


Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (MNHN) – The museum is an iconic actor in the area of biodiversity and an authority on the issue. Taking into account the importance of the program’s scientific component, the Planète Mer association naturally approached the institution at the start of 2009. Following various meetings and discussions, it was decided to conduct an initial phase identifying different scientific themes that could be developed progressively within the framework of the BioLit program. Historically, the first of these themes is “brown algae and winkles.”

Université de Rennes 1 – Alongside the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (MNHM), the Unité de Recherche Biodiversité fonctionnelle et gestion des territoires ensures supervision of the BioLit program’s “brown algae and winkles” scientific theme.


Members of the Scientific Council

(Solely for the Atlantic, Channel and North Sea front) 

Centre d’Etude et de Valorisation des Algues (CEVA) – Based in Pleubian on the Côtes d’Armor, CEVA is the only European technical center dedicated to the study and development of marine plants. Created in 1982 with the support of local Breton groups and the industrial algae sector, it initiates applied research into macro and micro algae, marine plants and marine biotechnologies. It is a private research institute and a technical center in the ACTIA network, named the Institut Technique Agro-Industriel (ITAI) by the Ministère de l’Agriculture et de la Pêche.

Ifremer (Dinard) – Through its work and expertise, Ifremer contributes to knowledge of the oceans and their resources, to monitoring of the marine environment and the coastline, and to the sustainable development of maritime activities. To these ends, it develops and puts in place tools for observation, experimentation and monitoring, and manages oceanographic databases. Created in 1984, Ifremer is a public institution that is industrial and commercial in nature (EPIC), under the joint direction of the Ministères de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche et de l'Écologie, du Développement Durable et de l'Énergie.

Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (IUEM) – The Institut Universitaire Européen de la Mer (IUEM) is a multidisciplinary body whose aims are to increase knowledge of the marine world, to study and observe the marine world’s interactions with the atmosphere, and with mainland areas, to train researchers and develop frameworks within these areas, and to contribute to observation of natural or man made changes within this environment.

Station Biologique de Roscoff – The Station Biologique de Roscoff is a marine biology and ecology research and teaching center situated on the north coast of Brittany [Bretagne]. It is a subsidiary of the Université Pierre et Marie Curie and of CNRS [CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE]. It has a mission to observe the coastline within the framework of two national networks: the Service d’Observation du Milieu Littoral (SOMLIT) working within several hydro-climatic parameters, in order to better understand the impact of climate change and human activities on ecosystem functioning, and of the REBENT [Réseau benthique] network, coordinated by Ifremer, to survey benthic ecosystems.

Université de la Rochelle – The Laboratoire Environnement et Sociétés is a mixed research unit (CNRS/Université de La Rochelle) that brings together skills in different areas such as environmental sciences (biology, ecology, geophysics), human sciences (geography, history), chemistry and biotechnologies. It relies on this multidisciplinarity to respond to issues of sustainable development within the framework of its research, whose main object of study is the coastline.

Technical partners

DialTer – DialTer advises, mentors and creates public and private organizations that seek to promote the participation of local actors or to move forward through dialog to resolve the problems that these actors have that are linked to management and development or to the sharing of resources. Thanks to the Fondation de France, DialTer mentors Planète Mer as it aims to strengthen the participative component of the BioLIt program: that is to say it shares in all phases of program construction and development, and all actions and structures. It also works together with all interested parties (local groups, associations, managers of natural spaces, coastline users…) to strengthen each one’s role.

Financial partners

MEDDE – The Ministère de l’Ecologie, du Développement Durable et de l’Energie defines and implements national policy for the sea and maritime activities, including the knowledge and protection of marine biological diversity. The Ministry has supported BioLit since 2010, across its whole territory. Along with the Logica society, BioLit received the Mécénat [Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication] skills trophy in February 2012.

Agence de l’Eau Rhône Méditerranée Corse – Under the direction of MEDDE, the Agence de l’eau Rhône-Méditerranée et Corse is a public government establishment that promotes and supports the rational use of water resources at the watershed level, and fights against water pollution and for the protection of aquatic environments, with the aim of achieving good water ecology, including in coastal waters. The Agence de l’eau Rhône-Méditerranée et Corse works to preserve and restore environments. The agency is committed with BioLit to developing BioLit on the Mediterranean front and to creating citizen monitoring of the coastline, in order to protect the Mediterranean Sea.

Agence des aires marines protégées – Under the direction of MEDDE, the Agence des aires marines protégées is a public government establishment whose main missions are these: to support public policies for the creation and management of protected marine areas throughout the whole French maritime territory, to facilitate a network of protected marine areas, the technical and financial support of natural marine parks, and to strengthen the French position in international negotiations on the sea. Under the mandate of the Mer du Système d’Information sur la Nature et les Paysages (SINP Mer) network, the Agency supports Planète Mer at the national level with the aim of enabling data from the BioLit program, as well as that from SINP, to be accessible to all.

DREAL PACA – The Direction Régionale de l’Environnement et de l’Aménagement et du Logement, service, which devolved from MEDDE in the PACA [Provence – Alpes – Cote d’Azur] Region, has supported BioLit since 2013 to raise public awareness of issues relating to the specific coastal and marine ecosystems of the PACA Region, which is too frequently viewed as only leisure zones.

Fondation de France – Since 1969 the Fondation de France has supported specific innovative projects that respond to the needs of people faced with problems posed by the rapid evolution of society. It acts mainly in three domains: aid to vulnerable persons, knowledge development, and the environment. It also promotes the development of philanthropy. It helps donors to choose the best projects, and advises founders on their area of intervention, their strategy and the most appropriate legal and financial framework. Independent and private, the Fondation de France does not receive any subsidies and can only act thanks to the generosity of its donors. The Fondation de France is one of Planète Mer’s major partners thanks to its long-term support. Its support of BioLit has greatly accelerated the latter’s development and strengthened BioLit’s participative component thanks to its skill support. In September 2012 the BioLit program was awarded the “Lauriers de la Fondation de France” for its exemplary and innovative role in the area of the environment.

Fondation TOTAL – The Fondation d’entreprise Total, created in 1992 in the wake of the Rio Earth Summit has dedicated itself to the environment for 16 years, and to marine biodiversity in particular. The Foundation privileges long term partnerships in all its fields of activity. Going beyond financial support, this involves developing and increasing skills to enhance collective intelligence. Thanks to its support, including support for the “brown algae and winkles” action on the Atlantic –Channel and North Sea front, the Fondation d’entreprise Total is also allowing BioLit to develop its action long-term, something indispensible to the success of participative science programs.

Nausicaa – Nausicaa is dedicated to raising awareness of sustainable development and is committed to helping to preserve the World Ocean. The agency initiated and co-chairs the Réseau Océan Mondial/World Ocean Network-WON, which comprises more than 400 aquariums and associations involved in raising public awareness. Nausicaà has been one of Planète Mer and BioLit’s closest partners from the beginning.

Fondation Nature et Découvertes – Every year the Foundation receives 10% of the income generated by the company’s commercial activity. This is a “voluntary tax for the planet," levied by Nature & Découvertes to allow nature to remain alive, varied and beautiful, and to allow people to flourish within it. Subsequently, more than a thousand associations have also benefited from these funds, which is an outstanding achievement.

Cross-border partners

INTERREG franco-anglais: PANACHE program – This project consists of a better level of protection of the Channel environment by implementation of a network of existing protected marine areas. Among other things, it aims to promote general awareness of protected marine areas (PMAs), including the development of participative science programs. It is within this framework that the des aires marines protégées is supporting the international development of the BioLit program at the Channel level, monitoring new arrivals species.

The project partners are: