October 4, 2018

Shorelines by satellite - A photo exhibition by CNES and the Conservatoire du littoral

Seen through the eyes of satellites, the shores of France’s seaboard and lakes reveal an exceptional range of features, colours and biodiversity, as well as the footprint of humans.

The French space agency CNES, the Conservatoire du littoral and Airbus are thus working together to focus attention on coasts. For five years now, CNES and Airbus have been supplying images of France’s shores acquired by the Pleiades satellites and putting them on display in the Conservatoire’s visitor centres.
The initiative has been a huge success, with 50 stunning satellite images so far exhibited for the great pleasure of the visiting public. Besides their aesthetic appeal, these pictures are also a precious educational tool helping to engage younger generations and get them interested in environmental conservation, monitoring of shorelines and land planning.
To put this fruitful cooperation between the two government organizations on a formal footing and to step up their collaboration, a four-year partnership agreement will be signed at the official opening of the exhibition on 8 October.

Entry to the exhibition in Bercy Village, Paris 75012 is free
from Thursday 4 October 2018 to Sunday 20 January 2019

About CNES CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) is the government agency responsible for shaping France’s space policy and implementing it in Europe. Its task is to conceive and orbit satellites, invent the space systems of the future and nurture new services to aid us in our daily lives. Founded in 1961, it is the initiator of major space projects, launch vehicles and satellites, and the partner of choice for industry fuelling innovation. CNES comprises some 2,500 men and women with a passion for space working to open up new and infinite fields of applications in five core areas of focus: Ariane, science, Earth observation, telecommunications and defence. It is a key player driving technology innovation, economic development and industrial policy for the nation. It also fosters scientific collaborations and has forged numerous international partnerships. France, represented by CNES, is the leading contributor to the European Space Agency (ESA). https://www.cnes.fr/

About Pleiades Launched in December 2011, Pleiades is a constellation of two very-high-resolution satellites in the same orbit capable of acquiring imagery of any point on the globe in under 24 hours for civil and military users.

About the Conservatoire du littoral The Conservatoire du littoral is the French coastline conservation authority, created in 1975 to execute a land acquisition and management policy geared towards safeguarding and conserving natural coastline areas in France and its overseas territories. Its missions encompass preserving ecological balances and landscapes, and developing access for the visiting public while protecting sensitive sites. As of 2018, the Conservatoire du littoral is managing a domain of 200,000 hectares at 700 sites and has 180 employees in charge of acquiring and managing land, and promoting and exploiting its properties. http://www.conservatoire-du-littoral.fr/

About Airbus Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2017, it generated revenues of €59 billion restated for IFRS 15 and employed a workforce of around 129,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Press contacts:       
Anne Konitz    communication@conservatoire-du-littoral.fr    00 33 (0)1 44 63 56 68
CNES               cnes-presse@cnes.fr                                             00 33 (0)1 44 76 76 88
Airbus             fabienne.grazzini@airbus.com                              00 33 (0)6 76 08 39 72