National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (IRSTEA)

Programme Manager

The National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture (Irstea) is a public scientific and technical institute under the joint supervision of the French Ministries of Research and of Agriculture and is holder of an agreement with the Ministry of Ecology. It counts 1650 members of staff spread over 9 centres in France (Antony, Nogent-sur-Vernison, Rennes, Clermont-Ferrand, Bordeaux, Lyon, Grenoble, Aix-en-Provence and Montpellier). As stated in its decree of association, the main mission of Irstea is to initiate, implement, coordinate and support, on its own initiative or at the request of the government, scientific and technological research in the areas of:

  • Sustainable land management, especially agricultural and natural land
  • Water resources
  • Ecotechnologies: development of procedures and technologies linked to waste treatment, agricultural, forest and food sector activities, and land use management

Irstea is a member of several European research networks, such as PEER (Partnership for European Environmental Research), Euraqua (European Network of Freshwater Research Organisations) and Alternet (A Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network).
Irstea also plays a major role in AllEnvi, the French alliance of national institutions working in the areas of water, climate, food and energy, and is involved in Agreenium- IAVFF, the French agricultural, veterinary and forestry institute. It plays a fundamental role in the coordination of national research programmes.
Irstea receives the ‘Carnot Institute’ label ( in 2006 and a renewal in 2011, acknowledging Irstea’s long- standing research partnerships with various socioeconomic participants, in both the private and public sectors. It is recognition of the quality of Irstea’s research and its positioning.



Mohamed NAAIM
Role in Water JPI activities

AllEnvi (French alliance of the environment research) representative at the Water JPI Governing Board, Technical Advisor


Function European Policy Officer  Esther Diez Cebollero
Division Department of International Affairs
Email name.surname(at)
Phone +33 1 40 96 62 03
Areas of expertise European Environmental Policy; European Research, Development and Innovation Policies; Water Resource Management (stakeholder analysis, participatory approaches, social learning for adaptive management); Land degradation; Decision Support Tools
Role in Water JPI activities

Development and update of the Water JPI Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA): identification and review of relevant information sources, the identification of water-related RDI gaps and needs, and writing-up of the SRIA 2.0.
Since June 2014, partner of the Water JPI’s Task Force on “Interaction with Horizon Europe”: contribute to the writing-up of position papers and to maintaining a permanent communication with the European Commission.
On behalf of the alliance AllEnvi, technical support to the current Water JPI coordinator, taking part in the Management Board.


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