The Seine-Normandy Water Agency (AESN) is a public institution organizing the integrated water resources management and which funds actions contributing to preserve water resources and environments on the Seine watershed. There are 6 water agencies in France corresponding to the big rivers watersheds.

Climate change impacts water on our territories notably by affecting the natural water flow and increasing the water temperature. Towards this perspective, AESN mobilizes, advises and provides a financial supports to the stakeholders to implement green solutions as a strategic response to climate change.

Rainwater infiltration, wetlands protection, restoration of ecological continuity… are solutions achieved on the Seine watershed for many years and for which water agencies provides an operational expertise.

AESN has launched this international workshop to broaden the reflection with multidisciplinary expertise on Nature Based Solutions efficiency. Messages from the workshop will be spread in international events and will enrich the dynamic on French watersheds for adaptation to climate change.

Related Resources:

> S’adapter au changement climatique sur le bassin Seine-Normandie
> SDAGE 2016-2021, le plan de gestion pour la Seine


As the public institution at the core of the French cooperation system, the French Development Agency (AFD) takes action for over seventy years to fight against poverty, to support development in developing countries and to enhance the economic and social vitality of French overseas territories.

Through grants, loans, guarantee funds, Debt Reduction-Development Contract, AFD funds projects, programs and studies to support its partners in capacity building.

Sustainable development is a transversal issue for AFD operational activities. Nature based solutions seems to combine sector goals and sustainable development issues. To this end, integrating Nature based solutions in the conception of projects that AFD is financing appears as a key solution when its efficiency is proved.

This event shows a “state of art” which is useful to suggest to our partners innovative solutions addressing sustainable development issues. This event is also an occasion to showcase what our partners are already achieving and a way to widely disseminate interesting initiatives.

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> Une stratégie biodiversité
> Le Plan Sierra en République Dominicaine

Comité Français UICN

The French committee of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is the network composed of 52 organizations and 250 experts from the IUCN in France. Its mission is dedicated to biodiversity conservation and sustainable and fair use of natural resources.

IUCN has developed the concept of Nature Based Solutions which is, since 2013, the 3rd line of its world program. IUCN French committee works on the definition and the promotion of the concept : official definition approved by the General Assembly of IUCN, publications on Nature Based Solutions against climate change, seminars, projects collection on the French territory, recommendations etc.

The IUCN French committee is a partner of the international workshop in order to promote Nature Based Solutions improving water-related natural risks management and to contribute to identify obstacles and incentives to implement this kind of solutions on territories.

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> Nature-based Solutions to address climate change
> Nature-based Solutions to address global societal challenges


The French Water Partnership is the French platform to share information which highlights a multi-actors approach for the water-related issues on the international scene, promotes the French know-how and contributes to put water on the political and international agenda. It gathers more than 130 public and private members representing the French field of water. The FWP takes part to the implementation of the international resolutions for the 2030 Agenda and Paris Agreement on climate change.

Nature based solutions are crucial to reach international goals, so the FWP wants to gradually expand its advocacy to this issue.

As a partner, the FWP provides its expertise and its wide network. It will participate to the promotion of the international workshop in strategic events such as COP23 and the 8th World Water Forum, thus strengthening the international influence of the topic.

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> Water and climate, acting for the future
> La place de l’eau dans les objectifs de Développement Durable


The French Agency for Biodiversity (AFB) is a public institution of the French Ministry of Environment, Energy and Sea.

AFB has missions of support and execution of public policies in the field of knowledge, preservation, management and restoration of biodiversity in terrestrial, aquatic and marine environments. It is involved in issues like Nature based solutions, ecological engineering, relations between biodiversity and climate change with national or local stakeholders.

AFB leads research programs and a resource center on ecological engineering and rivers restoration in a collaborative way to promote and share science information and experience feedbacks combining biodiversity preservation and adaptation to climate change.

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> Changement climatique, comprendre et anticiper
> Le changement climatique c’est maintenant


As an independant research institute, the Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) promotes the transition to sustainable development and prosperity for all.

IDDRi’s research work on Nature Based Solutions aims at identifying the framework to implement Nature Based Solutions and the opportunities and threats for biodiversity.

IDDRI is partner of this event because its work on Nature Based Solutions focuses on the place of biodiversity in mitigation and adaptation to climate change policies, which are at the core of the international workshop debates.

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> Counting on nature: how governments plan to rely on ecosystems for their climate strategies
> Implementing nature-based solutions in climate policies: What’s in it for biodiversity?