Internationally it deploys high level expertise as the legacy from 60 years experience, covering climatic, environmental and social issues (digital revolution, new types of use, ageing, etc.).
In every country it is a preferred partner for local institutions and companies to solve complex sustainable development issues in various regions, or when multi-disciplinary skills are required.
Climate change is a marker for Cerema’s activity in each of these areas. Cerema thereby contributes to fulfilling France’s commitment in favour of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) through its contribution to 12 of the 17 SDGs.
In Europe and around the world, Cerema has three aims:
1. Innovate through high level European research and innovation projects
Cerema contributes to the European research and innovation agenda with nearly 40 projects financed by the European Union currently under way (Horizon 2020, Interreg, Life, etc.).
Cerema also participates actively in European technological platforms (CCAM, ECTP, Waterborne, etc.).
2. Contribute to French public development aid policy
Cerema supports the French Ministry for Ecological Transition as well as international financial backers in their development aid projects, in particular with African countries. Today, Cerema is mobilising its expertise for operations led by the French development agency (AFD), Expertise France and for “twinning” operations between countries, financed by the European Union and supported by France. It is seeking to become a key interlocutor of the World Bank, and a catalyst for decentralised cooperation projects with French local authorities supported by the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.
3. Develop international partnerships and export French expertise
Cerema supports French companies on international markets (calls for projects, partnerships, etc.) and promotes French public and private sector know-how right around the world.
Cerema also participates in European and international bodies for sharing techniques, regulatory innovations and standardization (PIARC, PIANC, CEI, etc.).