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A public scientific and technological establishment (EPST) since 1981, Cemagref is under the joint supervision of the Ministry for Research and the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.


Cemagref is a public research institute whose work focuses on sustainable development in non-urban areas. It contributes to the conservation and acceptable management of land and water systems, the prevention of associated risks and the development of sustainable economic activity .

Deliverables and partners

Addressing complex systems and their interactions with human society, our research needs an interdisciplinary approach. As well as advancing fundamental knowledge, Cemagref develops scientific expertise capacities and innovative technologies.

Four research areas

hydrosystem functioning
water uses and waste
rural land use and landscapes
agricultural and food technology

Common scientific methods are developed on geographical information, modelling, and computing sciences.
Key Figures

  • An annual budget of 61 million euros (2001).
  • 900 employees, including 450 engineers and researchers.
  • 33 research units, organized around 4 scientific departments.
  • 9 regional centers (Aix-en-Provence,Antony, Bordeaux, Clermont-Ferrand, Grenoble, Lyon, Montpellier, Nogent-sur-Vernisson, Rennes), a regional office in Martinique.