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Partners of the LIFE Eau&Climat project – SMEAG

Page mise à jour le 27/10/2021

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The Syndicat Mixte d’Etudes et d’Aménagement de la Garonne (SMEAG - river basin governance body for the study and development of the Garonne river) is a public establishment. It was created thirty years ago around the economic development of the Garonne valley while integrating all the issues relating to the management of water resources: quantitative aspects (droughts and floods), qualitative aspects, environmental aspects...

Partners of the LIFE Eau&Climat project – SMEAG

  • balanced management of water resources and aquatic environments
  •  flood prevention
  • the management and preservation of natural environments and wetlands

The performance of SMEAG's missions is based on two professions:

  • Thematic expertise: knowledge on the main themes related to water management (low water management, floods, wetlands, migratory fish, water quality, landscapes, etc.);
  • Territorial engineering: advice and assistance to local authorities in order to plan and define management plans to ensure the integrated management of the water resources and environments of the Garonne river. 





Carte Garonne
Source : SMEAG
  • Surface area: 8200 km²
  • River basin district: Adour-Garonne
  • Number of SAGE supported: 1
  • SAGE involved in the LIFE Eau&Climat project:  SAGE Vallée de la Garonne
  • Other management tools concerned by the project: 
    • PTGE (Projet de Territoire pour la Gestion de l'Eau – territory project to help for the water management) 
  • The territory’s issues concerning the climate change:
    • governance 
    • quantity
    • environmental resilience and uses


SMEAG is particularly involved in the following actions:

  • Development and validation of decision support tools -> expectations and recommendations for tools
  • Mobilisation of local stakeholders -> Identify and characterise the competent project owners to carry out adaptation actions and in particular no-regrets actions; provide project engineering to these project owners, in particular to promote measures to improve the resilience of aquatic and wetland environments; develop partnerships with professional agricultural organisations to promote more resilient agriculture in the context of water scarcity; develop a network of climate change advisors.
  • Facilitating access to hydro-climatic data -> specification of needs in terms of data and indicators; develop the SAGE scorecard with shared indicators linked to climate change and make them accessible to the public in the Garonne Observatory; develop the water quality measurement network.
  • Strengthen exchanges between researchers and managers -> mobilise research stakeholders with a networking workshop; participation in the PYGAR project, capitalisation and dissemination of work; lead a socio-economic study on the impact of the climate change adaptation process.