Who are we

The Institute

How do we measure a city’s environmental performance? Can the fight against poverty be reconciled with the quest for environmental quality? Can the large-scale restoration of ecosystems stimulate sustainable development?

A platform for discussion and debate

The Veolia Group set up the Institute in 2001 precisely to address questions such as these, which it foresaw as being key issues for society in the 21st century. Designed as an independent space for collective thinking, as a platform for discussion and debate, the Institute explores the future at the interface between society and the environment. Like a homing device linked up to the global intellectual ecosystem, it detects upcoming changes, seeking out a better understanding of the world of the future and a clearer picture of the environmental issues for the decades ahead.

Over the years, the Institute has built up a powerful network of intellectual and scientific experts, NGOs, and forefront institutions such as universities and research bodies, in France and around the world. Our scientific reputation is founded on their expertise.
 

A network of distinguished scientists

By combining scientific analysis with fieldwork, maintaining continuous dialogue with the members of our network, and partnering leading institutions, we pursue our foresight mission through the organization of conferences, seminars and research studies which give rise to publications . Our work is organized around a range of themes: biodiversity and natural resources, climate change, agricultural development, environmental economics, poverty and access to essential services, health and environment, societal and governance questions, cities and urban services.

And because we firmly believe that dialogue and knowledge-sharing are crucial for finding answers to the questions that concern us, all of our work is freely accessible on our website.
 
 


Official Accreditations

2012 
  • Member of the "Civil Society Network" of UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
  • Status of "research organization" by the European Commission, in the 7th Framework Programme for Research

2015
  • Provisional accreditation as "Observer NGO" by UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Official label "COP21" granted for the Conference on Methane by the French Government