Exploring the Ocean to understand, Sharing to change
On land, at sea: the latest news
Our future depends on the good health of the Ocean.
The Tara Ocean Foundation — first public interest foundation in France dedicated to the Ocean — has two main missions: exploring the Ocean to better understand it and sharing scientific knowledge about the Ocean to raise public awareness.
For 20 years, the Foundation has been supporting innovative Ocean science, in partnership with world-leading research centers to study marine biodiversity, as well as observe and anticipate the impacts of climate change and pollution.
Faced with the urgent need to make the protection of the Ocean a common responsibility, the Foundation raises public awareness of the challenges facing the Ocean, educates young generations, facilitates international cooperation and mobilizes policymakers.
Thanks to its Special Observer Status at the United Nations, the Foundation actively participates in crucial decisions in favor of the Ocean.
- 150 million New marine genes discovered
- 1 000 000 students have been made more aware of the issue thanks to the educational program
- 1 Special UN observer
- 13 Expeditions since 2003
Since their official deployment in 2015 by the United Nations, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) constitute a global framework which guides all actions of the Tara Ocean Foundation, especially through SDG 14 (life below water) to “conserve and sustainably manage our Oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development”. This translates concretely into the Tara expeditions and research carried out by our partner laboratories; educational and awareness-raising actions with schools and general public; advocacy work with institutions and stakeholders; and cooperation projects with developing countries.
From schooner to lab!Your students will discover current environmental challenges, will be actors in the experimental approach using real data, and will understand the research professions.
Discover the account of Marion Lauters, student and quartermaster on Tara during Arctic drift..
In the 5th “A Porthole on the Ocean” podcast, we want to introduce you to Sarah Auffret, a polar explorer, committed to the planet and the struggle against plastic pollution, who sadly died in a tragic accident.
Climb aboard the schooner Tara and discover the secret world of coccolithophores What are coccolithophores? What do they look like? Why are they so important for us?
France Culture records the meetings of minds of two guests from different backgrounds, but with complementary concerns: the writer and academician Erik Orsenna, one of the sponsors of the Tara Ocean Foundation, and the oceanographer and biologist Gilles Boeuf, president of the scientific council of the French agency for biodiversity, and professor at the Sorbonne.