Environmental conservation & Biodiversity

Highlight Project: Tara Expeditions

Supported by Veolia Foundation, Tara Expeditions organizes voyages to study and understand the impact of climate change and the ecological crisis facing the world's oceans.


The Veolia Foundation helped three voyages :

  • Tara Oceans (2009-2013) : An unprecedented three-year scientific expedition on all the seas of the globe (understanding the spatial organisation of ecosystems and understanding their response to atmospheric viariations).
  • Tara Mediterranean (2014) : Destination the Mediterranean to investigate the impact of plastics on the ecosystem.
  • Tara Pacific (2016-2018) : Focus on coral reefs with the aim of furthering understanding of their evolution in the face of climate change and the ecological disruptions taking place on our planet.

A 4th program is in progress

  • Continuing on from Tara Méditerranée (2014), a program - Plastic in the Mediterranean Sea - has been launched to support research and technological innovation. The Fondation Tara will make its boat available to scientists and educators. The mission will notably provide a better understanding of the plastics and microplastics flows found in Toulon harbour and will raise the awareness of the public and decision-makers about the best solutions for combatting ocean plastic pollution.
More information on Tara Website.