Foundation Total

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The Total Foundation provides funding for numerous scientific research programs with the goal of understanding the vulnerability of marine biodiversity and contribute to their preservation. Since 2009, The Foundation supports the chair 'Biodiversity, extreme marine environment and global change'. This partnership particularly helps the international training course dedicated to 'deep-sea ecosystems and extreme marine environments' which includes international experts from different disciplines and research field. The partnership also supports annual Master interships and long-term experimental studies in the Lacaze-Duthiers canyon off the marine research station of Banyuls.

Ocean and climate Plateform

CNRS and Sorbonne Universités are members of the Ocean and Climate Plateform an alliance of non-governmental organizations, universities and research institutes, created with support from the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission on the World Ocean Day in June, 8th 2015.

The Ocean and Climate Platform main goal is to integrate the ocean in the debate on climate, and contribute to successful negotiations for an ambitious agreement at the COP21.

As part of the Scientific Committee of OCP, the chair contributed to the writing of the published scientific factsheets dedicated to climate issues for the deep ocean.

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Deep-Ocean Stewardship - DOSI

A new working group on CLIMATE CHANGE was launched in Aveiro on 31/08/15 at the DOSI annual assembly. Sign our statement for consideration by UNFCCC DEEP OCEAN MITIGATION AND RESPONSE TO CLIMATE CHANGE at

Our ultimate goal: exchange knowledge and provide expertise to incorporate impacts of climate change and mitigation roles of the deep ocean in international and national deliberations and promote the sustainable use of ecosystem services from the deep sea.

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The Marine Protected Area of the Gulf of Lion

The Marine Natural Park of the Gulf of Lion was established in 2011 under the hospice of the French Agency for Marine Protected Areas. The Park aims at becoming a reference area for knowledge acquisition and monitoring of the marine environment and ecosystems, as well a for the dissemination of information to the stakeholders and general public.

It encompasses 4019 km2 including the head of three submarine canyons, the Lacaze-Duhiers and Boucart and Pruvost canyons. These canyon heads are among the habitats of particular biological and ecological significance of the Marine Park. Of particular interest are the abundance gradients of Lophelia pertusa (reported as rare in the Mediterranean Sea) and Madrepora oculata, with both depth and distance from the canyon head.

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In this context, the chair established a parternship in 2015, focusing on the monitoring of cold water coral biocenoses. It aims at transferring knowledge and methods to optimize this key target of the MPA management plan.