Cedre is an association of French public and private organizations specialized in accidental surface water pollution (sea and rivers) which assists the authorities in charge of crisis management by providing its experience and know-how in order to limit the effects of the pollution. Cedre, through the advice it provides, enables optimum use of the resources available to respond to the pollution. It also contributes to the assessment of the situation and of the damage caused by the pollution.
In consultation with the authorities, scientists and other stakeholders, it formulates recommendations for the use of resources, pollution response techniques and protection equipment to preserve the most sensitive areas from an economic and environmental point of view and in locations where their effect will be optimal. This action limits, if it cannot prevent, the impact of the pollution on human activities such as fishing and on animal and plant species in these habitats.
Cedre’s knowledge of pollution response products and techniques also enables the selection of the most adequate response options according to the type of pollutant involved and the environmental and economic sensitivity of the impacted area. This improves the efficiency of pollution response operations by implementing recovery, or another response method, on an optimal quantity of pollutant while ensuring minimal impact on the environment and resources. «Over-cleaning» can indeed be as damaging as «under-cleaning» and Cedre, through its advice, guides decisions towards a solution that places the impacted ecosystem in the best situation possible for a quick recovery of its original functions.
Cedre participated in a number of UNEP/OCHA/UNDP assistance missions over the past years and contributed experts to respond to chemical and oil pollutions.
In 2006, Cedre was present in Lebanon on the pollution caused by the fuel of the Jiyeh power plant, in the Republic of Korea in 2007 after the accident of the VLCC Heibei Spirit and in 2007 again in the Kerch strait to respond to the pollution caused by the sinking of four ships at anchor during a heavy storm. Cedre went twice to the Philippines, in 2008 on the sinking of the ferry MV Princess of the Stars and on a pollution caused by a power barge following Typhoon Haiyan in December 2013. Finally Cedre went to Bangladesh in December 2014 when an oil tanker ran aground in the UNESCO protected Sundarbans area.