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One of the main purposes of the Congress is to build bridges between all players who hold an interest in the ocean: not only those in charge of managing it, but also those who strive to protect it and those who make use of its resources, including non-governmental organizations and private companies.
The Agence française de développement (AFD) is a public development finance institution that has been working to fight poverty and foster economic growth in developing countries and the French Overseas for seventy years. It implements policies defined by the French Government. AFD is present on four continents, with an international network of seventy agencies and representation offices, including nine in the French Overseas and one in Brussels. It finances and supports projects that improve people’s living conditions, promote economic growth and protect the planet. For more than 40 years, AFD has been supporting developing countries to organize their fisheries, and especially small-scale fishing. Over the last 10 years, it has been particularly committed to marine-conservation projects.
The French Maritime Cluster (CMF) is dedicated to promoting the interests of the French merchant-marine sector. Created in 2006 under the aegis of the French Institute of the Sea (IFM), it is the voice of French sea-related industries and serves the country's maritime standing, with a sustainable-development perspective.
The Cluster brings together more than 300 maritime actors from every maritime industry, such as shipowners, port authorities, fisheries, aggregate extractors, marine-windfarm operators, equipment manufacturers and technology clusters. Public organizations such as the French Navy, its Hydrographic and Oceanographic Department (SHOM) and the French Research Institute for the Exploration of the Sea (IFREMER) have also joined the alliance.
The work of the CMF covers three major aspects: public relations, lobbying public authorities, and building synergies among members. The President of the CMF also chairs the European Network of Maritime Clusters.
The Agence des aires marines protégées (French MPA Agency) is a member of CMF. It is therefore fitting that the Cluster should support IMPAC3.
ERAMET is a French mining and metallurgical group and a world leader in its businesses, particularly alloying metals and upscale metallurgy. ERAMET employs 15,000 people in 20 countries. Its expansion and diversification are supported by a responsible, sustainable development policy. From mining to recycling, thanks to its innovative technologies ERAMET masters every stage in metal processing by contributing high-performance, value-creating solutions.
Furthermore, ERAMET’S world-class R&D cluster draws on its front-rank mining and metallurgical skills to design processes that are used throughout the conversion chain, mostly for strategic metals. The Group’s core business, transformation, covers more than metals. It also means innovating for its customers and improving productivity. Or emerging from a difficult period, better armed than before and ready to meet the challenges of the global situation and to implement its strategy. For ERAMET, transformation also lies in greater attentiveness to employees, neighboring populations and the environment. Transformation means contributing in every possible way to the progress of society.
A funding instrument of French bilateral cooperation and development policy dedicated to environmental protection, the Fonds français pour l'environnement mondial (FFEM, or French Global Environment Facility) has been addressing since 1994 issues of biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, persistent organic pollutants and the stratospheric ozone layer. FFEM finances projects that contribute to the objectives of the international conventions signed by France, and strives to combine economic and social development with environmental protection.
With 116 GW in total installed electricity capacity, including 15% from renewable energy sources, and 10 GW under construction worldwide, GDF SUEZ, as a world energy leader is a major electricity producer.
In France, the Group is the leading actor in onshore wind power with over 1,200 MW operating capacity, and is the second hydroelectric power producer with 3,800 MW through CNR and SHEM. GDF SUEZ is also a leader in the field of French solar power generation with five large photovoltaic parks currently in operation, and ten under construction.
The development of marine renewable energies is also an integral part of the Group’s strategy. GDF SUEZ has signed an agreement with EDP Renewables and Neoen Marine to participate jointly in the next public French tender for the development and installation of a total of 1,000 MW offshore wind parks. The Group is also working on projects located at the sites of the two most important French tidal energy sources in Basse-Normandie and in Brittany.
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) unites 183 countries in partnership with international institutions, civil society organizations (CSOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives. Today the GEF is the largest public funder of projects to improve the global environment.
An independently operating financial organization, the GEF provides grants for projects related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, the ozone layer, and persistent organic pollutants.
Since 1991, the GEF has achieved a strong track record with developing countries and countries with economies in transition, providing $11.5 billion in grants and leveraging $57 billion in co-financing for over 3,215 projects in over 165 countries. Through its Small Grants Programme (SGP), the GEF has also made more than 16,030 small grants directly to civil society and community based organizations, totaling $653.2 million.
The environmental initiatives of the Pew Charitable Trusts aim to strengthen policies and practices in ways that produce significant and measurable protection for terrestrial and marine systems worldwide.
When it comes to marine environments, its efforts are grounded in three principal areas: scientific research, public education and policy advocacy.
Pew's actions focus notably on the ecosystem-based management of fisheries, the reform of ocean governance and the establishment of sanctuaries in the high seas to protect critical habitats.
Founded in 1971, Sonardyne is a privately owned subsea engineering company. We are committed to the development and creation of innovative and exciting technologies and, through investment and diversification, we have built one of the most unique and vibrant organisations in the oceanographic industry, able to quickly respond to the challenges of any ocean research project.
We work with the world’s leading marine and scientific institutes who rely upon our trusted low risk acoustic, inertial, sonar and optical solutions to track, position, control, image, communicate with and recover ocean observation platforms. These include seafloor sensor nodes, manned submersibles, AUVs and ROVs and the latest generation of autonomous surface vehicles.
Our design and manufacturing headquarters are in the UK with international offices located around the world providing clients with the highest levels of expert local support; including installation, training, operational planning and product servicing.
WWF is one of the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries.WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.