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  • Mr Paul MICHELET, General Director

  • Salient figures

    147 M€ annual budget
    • Workforce of 909
    • 200 databases for the water information system
    • 7 200 technical opinions by year
    • 25 196 inspections carried out by year

The French national agency for biodiversity (AFB)


Established in January 2017, AFB is a national agency including four institutions.

More informations on the AFB's website :


Onema was the French national agency for water and aquatic environments


Established in April 2007, Onema is a national agency active in the field of public environmental service.

Created by the 2006 Law on water and aquatic environments and the 2007 implementation decree, it operates under the supervision of the Ecology ministry.

Onema organises and produces high-level science and technology advice to assist in formulating, implementing and evaluating public water policy.

Its mission is to contribute to overall and sustainable management of water resources and aquatic ecosystems, with a view to restoring water quality and reaching good chemical and ecological status by 2015, the goal set by the European Water framework directive, adopted on 23 October 2000.


Onema, a driving force in reclaiming water and aquatic environments

Onema is a national, public agency whose mission is to restore the good ecological status of water and aquatic environments, the goal set by the European Water framework directive (WFD). The agency, comprising recognised capabilities for scientific and technical advice in the fields of water and aquatic environments, as well as excellent knowledge on aquatic environments and water stakeholders, participates in implementing public water policy. Read more