INRAE-ALFAwetlands partner from France

ALFAwetlands consortium includes 2 partner organisations from France. One of them is INRAE, the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment.


Created on January 1, 2020, INRAE is a major player in research and innovation. INRAE carries out targeted research and resulted from the merger of INRA and IRSTEA organisations. It is a community of 12,000 persons with 272 research, experimental research, and support units located in 18 regional centres throughout France.

Internationally, INRAE is among the top research organisations in the agricultural and food sciences, plant and animal sciences, as well as in ecology and environmental science. It is the world’s leading research organisation specialising in agriculture, food and the environment. INRAE’s goal is to be a key player in the transitions necessary to address major global challenges.

Faced with a growing world population, climate change, resource scarcity, and declining biodiversity, the Institute has a major role to play in building solutions and supporting the necessary acceleration of agricultural, food and environmental transitions.

In the frame of Alfawetlands project, the INRAE team is studying and monitoring one site of the  Living Lab France site called Rampillon. The Rampillon is a representative of constructed wetland in rural area.

INRAE role in ALFAwetlands project

INRAE is mainly involved in the Work Package 3 of the project “Efficiency of innovative ecosystem scale restoration practices”, by monitoring greenhouse gases fluxes (CO2, CH4, N2O) and several other environmental variables on the studied sites. For instance, INRAE manages biodiversity survey to assess biodiversity and ecosystem services (BES).

Having an extended experience in cooperation with the stakeholders, INRAE also contributes to the Work Package 2 “Co-creation & inclusive wetland restoration”.

INRAE ALFAwetlands team

The INRAE ALFAwetlands team is located in Antony, in the South suburb of Paris (France), and is a part of Continental Hydrosystems: Resources, Risks, Restoration (HYCAR). This research unit gathers expertise in monitoring and modelling in hydrology, ecology and ecological engineering. The research focuses on water resources, water-related risks (simulation, forecasting and management of hydrological hazards and risks, such as floods and droughts, and water-related risks, such as diffuse pollution) and on aquatic ecosystems exposed to anthropogenic pressures.

The INRAE team Mitigation, Remediation, Transfert And Modelling of HydroSystems (ARTEMHYS), focusing in diffuse pollution from agriculture, soil sciences, hydro-agricultural and rural infrastructures (including Nature-Based Solutions), wetland ecology and ecological engineering is involved in ALFAwetlands.

The team Artemhys is led by Julien Tournebize specialist in soil science and ecological engineering. He is in charge of the Rampillon constructed wetland monitoring. Cedric Chaumont is a specialist in field monitoring, involved in GHGE and BSE measurements. Aléinor Jeliaskov is specialist in ecology and ecosystem services.

We are glad to be a part of the international ALFAwetlands team and contribute with our expertise to achieve project important goals.

Julien Tournebize
ALFAwetlands INRAE team leader

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