The Rhone Basin Long Term Environment Research (a scientific label of the CNRS) comprises an Observatory and several experimental sites. It supports research programmes that provide elements of knowledge to stakeholders and public decision-makers in the field of sustainable rivers and watersheds management.
It aims to provide decision-makers with a methodology to evaluate the effects of watershed rehabilitation or restoration on river hydrosystems, in terms of biodiversity, sustainability (long-term effects), ecological services and potential uses.


Graie stands for Group of research, technical coordination and water information. It is a non-profit organisation created in 1985. It aims at contributing to the coordination of supply and demand of research in the field of urban water management. Its scope of activities includes the organisation of interdisciplinary working groups with partners and scientists of complementary qualifications, and the synthesis and dissemination of knowledge in this field. The organisation of the I.S.Rivers and Novatech conferences is an example of such activities.

For the I.S.Rivers conference, the combination of Zabr and Graie allows us to lean on:

  • the scientific network of Zabr, nationally and internationally recognised for its quality and its scientific valorisation implemented with Graie
  • With the ten editions of “Novatech”, Graie demonstrated its rigor and dynamism in the organisation of international conferences (the last edition gathered 500 participants over 4 days)