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About Global Estuaries Forum

Meeting points of land and sea, strategic openings to global markets, estuaries are a major asset for economic development. In an increasingly interconnected world, their importance is undeniable.

The third edition of the Global Estuaries Forum will be held from 13 to 15 June 2018, in Deauville and Le Havre, at the heart of the Seine Estuary. It will gather leaders of the public and private sectors from the world’s estuaries to share and build an innovative vision for the future of estuaries based on sustainable growth and technology, governance, community support and research.

Through the sharing of ideas, the forum endeavours to bridge the gap between economic development and sustainability. GEF speakers and participants will address the specific issue of building integrated and efficient management of our estuaries, from upstream to downstream and across territories.

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Global Estuaries Focus Areas


Connecting our territories through smart mobility :   By crossing regions and borders, estuaries have the power to connect communities and their economies. We need different modes of transports to navigate along properly-managed water and seaways, sustainably travel inland and cross rivers and there are tremendous gains to be made from connecting spaces and people within our estuaries. Mobility managers are committed to building intelligently networked infrastructures and cooperating with users to foster sustainable and smart mobility!


Sourcing smart and renewable energy for sustainable and shared growth : Estuaries offer remarkable sources for renewable energies. At a time where action for climate change is overhauling our economies, public and private stakeholders altogether are developing innovative technologies to produce and supply estuarine regions for domestic and industrial uses. Leaders in the energy sector are offering solutions for sustainable and smart consumption among efficiently connected users.


Joining expertise and technology for innovative building techniques and planning within our estuaries : Living and working alongside estuaries can be different experiences from one location to another. Urban and rural areas, coastal and inland regions all display specific features of landscape, climatic conditions and risk. The future or sustainable planning and building lies in innovative thinking, low-carbon technologies and inter-disciplinary cooperation between planners, architects, elected representatives, private actors of the construction industry and communities throughout estuaries.


Preserving and promoting estuaries through our many heritage : Estuaries have historically shaped our lives alongside the waters but our economies and daily footprint have also interacted with their ecosystems and contributed to their cultural and natural identity. From upstream to downstream, how can we protect, value and promote our estuaries through responsible and sustainable tourism?


Fostering coordination between both sides, from upstream to downstream. Communities crossed by estuaries are intrinsically connected as they share common pool resource and transboundary management issues. Collective thinking from upstream to downstream and information sharing are keys to successful governance, protection of our ecosystems and sustainable growth.


In Le Havre and Deauville, the Global Estuaries Forum will be gathering leaders of the world’s estuaries to tackle the many economic and environmental stakes, among which:

Sourcing smart and efficient energy among connected users

Empowering our territories through sustainable and innovative mobility

Smart water in our estuaries: efficiency, access and sustainability for all

Discussing governance strategies for transboundary waters

Joining expertise and technology for innovative building techniques and planning

Preserving and promoting estuaries through cultural and natural heritage


Liu Ning


 Elle a commencé ses études d’architecture à l’Université Tongji et a fait partie du programme présidentiel « 150 architectes chinois en France » entre 2000 et 2004. Diplômée de l’INSA Strasbourg et docteure en Sciences de la ville de l’Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, elle a cofondé  en 2011 à Paris l’agence Building For Climate.


Regional Governor, Seine Valley Development – ED

 Préfet, Délégué interministériel au développement de la vallée de la Seine depuis avril 2013 et conseiller du Gouvernement depuis juillet 2015. Diplômé de Sciences-Po Paris il est affecté au ministère de l’Intérieur à sa sortie de l’ENA en 1982. 

Marel King

Director of Natural Resources in the Governmental Relations Division of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau

 Marel King is the Commission’s Pennsylvania Director. Her focus areas have included the federal Farm Bill, the emerging regional biofuels industry, and implementation of the Commonwealth’s Chesapeake Bay Tributary Strategy and Total Maximum Daily Load under the federal Clean Water Act.


The Global Estuaries Forum has received the support of the Interministerial Delegation for the Development of the Seine valley as well as the main local communities from Normandy. It is sponsored by several international groups committed to economically and sustainably develop our estuaries.

2014 Edition

The inaugural edition of the Global Estuaries Forum (GEF) was launched in Deauville back in 2014, at the heart of the Seine estuary.

From June 30 to July 2, 2014, in the lead-up to the COP21 in Paris, public and private leaders of the world’s estuaries tackled the challenge of striking a balance between the economic development and environmental stewardship of estuaries in the context of climate change.

In a setting specifically designed to foster experience sharing, knowledge diffusion and cooperation, pressing issues such as circular economy, infrastructures and planning, biodiversity preservation, governance, renewable energies and international trade were discussed.

The forum gathered around 200 participants from all over the world (Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and Australia), including participants from the Saint Lawrence estuary, the Yangtze river, the Thames river, the Scheldt estuary, San Juan bay, Chesapeake bay, Mekong river delta, Danube river, Gironde and Loire estuary and many others…





Philippe Mandonnet

Global Estuaries Forum director

Esther Delbourg

Program Director

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