Taking action to protect blue carbon ecosystems

Deadline for applications: April 8 2022

Since its creation in 2006, the Artelia Foundation has been working for solidarity, society and the environment throughout the world. The Artelia Foundation is well known for the commitment of its employees and retirees of the Artelia Group, who contribute with their knowledge and professional skills to the various missions of associations and NGOs. Artelia Foundation gives priority to supporting non profits working for an ecological, fair and inclusive transition.

Why this call for projects?

The environmental challenges we face in building a sustainable and resilient world are unprecedented in scale. In June 2021, the UN climate (IPCC) and biodiversity (IPBES) experts released a report      showing an inextricable link between climate change and biodiversity loss and the need for a common effort in order to solve them.

Healthy marine and coastal ecosystems are a prerequisite for a stable climate. By capturing and storing carbon -known as blue carbon- these ecosystems (salt marshes, tidal marshes, seagrass beds and mangroves) play a keyrole. They are important carbon sinks but also wonderful reservoirs of biodiversity. Convinced that the mobilization of all stakeholders is essential, the Artelia Foundation is launching the call for projects "Acting to protect blue carbon ecosystems".

Presentation of the call for projects

Through its "Climate Contribution" strategic component, Artelia Foundation has decided to participate in the global collective effort to achieve carbon neutrality by supporting so-called "blue carbon" projects through its employees’ technical skills and a financial contribution.

In this way, the Artelia Foundation intends to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations, and more specifically: 

Climate Action Climate Action          Protection de la faune et de la flore aquatique  Life below water


The call for projects has a total budget of €50,000. The selected projects will be allocated an amount defined by Artelia Foundation according to the needs and scope of each of them as well as the total number of funded projects. In addition to this financial contribution, Artelia employees may provide technical support.

Projects for the preservation and restoration of marine and coastal ecosystems are eligible. They may include observation, research and awareness-raising activities if they are tied with concrete and measurable actions aimed at improving carbon sequestration or avoiding emissions.


Who can respond to the call for projects?

How to respond to the call for projects?


  • Eligibility criteria :

The project must aim to preserve or restore marine and coastal ecosystems.

The structure that carries or sponsors the project must be French/European.

The structure that carries the project must pursue a non-profit goal.

The structure that carries the project must have more than 12 months of activity.

The project must start within one year after its selection. 


  • Selection critera 

Technical and financial feasibility of the project.

Project methodology.

Expected environmental and social impact of the project.

Measurability of the project's environmental impact.

Experience and territorial presence.

Capacity to duplicate. 

Applications must be submitted no later than April 8, 2022.

The pre-selection phase will take place from 11 to 22 April 2022. Applicants selected in this phase will have three weeks to provide an additional set of documents to complete their application.

Candidates selected for the second selection phase will be invited to interviews, and the projects will be evaluated by a panel of experts internal and external to  Artelia Group.

The final selection will happen in June.


The application form must be filled-in and sent by email to: fondation@arteliagroup.com 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.