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  • Detecting leaks in water networks

    The evaluation of the physical installations in distribution networks and of the economic consequences of strategies for their preventive maintenance and rehabilitation...

  • Managing the risks arising from medicinal residues in water

    Over the past 15 years, progress in physico-chemical analysis has made it possible to detect medicinal residues in natural surface and ground water and in the water intended for human consumption...

  • PCB pollution of rivers

    In June 2007, a scientific report revealed contamination of the Rhône by PCBs. Given the situation, the authorities set up in the beginning of 2008 an action plan. Onema sets up the National network to monitor fish contamination...

  • Onema energises public research on water issues

    Onema has made research and science advice its top priorities. It is progressively bringing on board the necessary scientific and technical personnel, and developing long-term partnerships with public research institutes

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Stimulate Research and Development

Encourage research

Evaluating the good ecological status of water resources and aquatic environments, anticipating the effects of climate change, assessing the impact of human activities, determining the long-term risks of emerging pollutants, etc. are all major challenges for which new knowledge and innovative technologies are required. Sustainable management of water resources and aquatic environments must therefore be based on high-level research targeting directly useable results.

Onema acts as the "ways and means" agency in that it stimulates French public research, sets priorities for research on water and ecosystems, build partnership with research organizations and funds research targeting directly useable results in the public interest. With the necessary scientific and technical personnel to direct the research, it devotes a significant part of its budget (12%) to R&D work. It participates in European networks and contributes to their development.


Develop science advice and support engineering work

Onema produces tools to diagnose, manage and restore aquatic environments. It leads a network of experts who assist in negotiating and in implementing water policies. It designs the media used to disseminate technical knowledge and organises training courses.