Pillar 4: Coastal resilience & Healthy Ocean





Pillar 4: Coastal resilience & Healthy Ocean

Phil MONBET  | Deputy Director Pole Mer Bretagne Atlantique


With a background in chemistry from the University of Brittany, Philippe Monbet completed a thesis "Marine Chemistry" at the European Institute of the Sea (IUEM, Brest). He then joined Ifremer and Ineris "National Institute of Industrial Risks Environment" for missions of marine environmental research, expertise and consulting. His research activities have taken him to the AIMS "Australian Institute of Marine Science", Melbourne Monash University and Plymouth University in the UK where his research was devoted mainly to the biogeochemistry of phosphorus in waters and coastal sediments. Back in France, he has provided consultancies for major French energy stakeholder regarding the ecological monitoring of water around nuclear power plants waterfronts (Flamanville, Penly Paluel) and AREVA NC La Hague. In 2010, he joined Pole Mer Bretagne Atlantique, a Sea Business Cluster dealing with innovation in the maritime sector as Head of European Affairs managing the European projets. Phil has been on secondment for several year at France Energies Marines, the national French research institute on MRE. He has been appointed Deputy Director in charge of the cluster management and international affairs since 2017.

Recent collaboration with the European Commission:

  • Expert evaluator at the European Commission (EASME) since 2016
  • National Contact Point (Space)
  • Copernicus Relay​

Pillar 4: Coastal resilience & Healthy Ocean

Goal 6: Stronger coastal resilience


► Demonstrate a comprehensive alert and observing system for increased storms and floods due to climate change

► Develop synergies between existing EU infrastructures for coastal observation and protection, as well as for alert and monitoring and increase the development of insitu ocean observatories

► Develop test spaces, pilot areas to test methods of coastal protection and promote nature-based solutions

► Promote sustainable practices in coastal and maritime tourism

► Compile an inventory of national and regional climate change coastal adaptation strategies and measures, linked to the risk assessments and risk management plans, share best practices

► Create information campaigns for Atlantic coastal communities

► Educate young people and coastal communities on the evolution of the coastline and ways to adapt to sea level rise

► Share best practices on the application of maritime spatial planning to coastal adaptation, resilience, and applicable environmental assessments (EIA21, SEA22 , AA23).

► Map coastal wetlands for preservation and to monitor their role as carbon sinks

Goal 7: The fight against marine pollution 


► Develop a pilot project of ‘litter-free’ coastal communities

► Make use of available tools to identify major sources, pathways and hotspots of marine litter, as well as accidental or deliberate pollution

► Promote business actions based on the circular economy, develop incentives and environmental certification schemes

► Launch joint actions to promote a public perception of the problem, e.g. beach days where communities meet to clean the beach

► Promote fishing-for-litter actions to encourage all fishermen to bring ashore the waste caught in their nets during their normal fishing operations

► Engage under OSPAR to implement collective actions of the marine litter regional action plan

► Promote coordinated and effective implementation of actions against marine litter and underwater noise required under the MSFD for the EU MS

► Support the work under the Union Civil Protection Mechanism and of Bonn and Lisbon Agreements towards effective prevention, preparedness and response to deliberate and accidental pollution

► Promote cooperation among sectors for a coordinated at-sea and shoreline response

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