Centre de découverte du monde marin


Created in 1991, the Centre de Découverte du Monde Marin (Marine World Discovery Centre) aims to facilitate and develop teaching, study, research and introductory activities relating to the marine world, both above and below water and on the coast. This was the first time an association had focused on the whole marine biotope!
“Discovering, Understanding, Loving, Protecting” – this phrase initiated by the CDMM takes on its full meaning and serves as a lesson. It has become one of our essential vocations and one of our most important actions: education in the marine environment and sustainable development.
An original feature of the Centre is that it enables people to explore the marine environment through sporting activities such as sailing, sea kayaking, snorkelling and diving, combining discovery of the environment with sport.
As well as raising public awareness (school children, adults, families, senior citizens, specific audiences, people with disabilities), the CDMM focuses on important operations such as the “Assises Jeunes et Méditerranée” Mediterranean youth conference. This aims to bring together young people from the countries around the Mediterranean for environmental preservation projects and to create a Réseau Euro-Méditerranéen (REM) network to protect “our sea”. Young people are at the heart of these annual events, which include workshops for school children throughout the local area supported by the Nice local education authority. Environmental education professionals and scientists come together for round-table discussions and high-level conference sessions to understand the evolution of this fragile environment and establish shared actions. These are then passed on to young people by the delegations attending the event. As well as the preservation aspect and the creation of common actions through the network, meeting other people and cultural exchanges are also emphasised at these events, which leave time for discussion between countries. To find out more, see: www.resomed.org and the Réseau Euro-Méditérranéen Facebook page.

The CDMM is also heavily involved in local actions such as Bibliomer (a travelling event on the beaches of Alpes-Maritimes and Monaco during the summer, providing information about the sea) and regional actions such as the Ecogestes campaign aimed at amateur sailors and relayed by over fifteen organisations.

In the field of professional training, the CDMM offers professional development courses on environmental protection, sustainable development and marine biology for sustainable development professionals and contributes to the BPJEPS APT sports instructor training course alongside the UFCV.
It also delivers consultancy, expertise and research (decision support, global projection, impact of human activities on natural and cultural heritage, observation, analysis, diagnosis of aquatic environments, sustainable development consultancy etc.).

The CDMM contributes to many networks coordinated by the Sea department of the PACA region, including the Réseau Mer or sea network. This gives it a presence on a number of committees, including:

  • the environmental charters of the City of Nice and the Nice Côte d’Azur urban community
  • the Maison de l’Environnement in Nice
  • the Environment Committee of the Nice Côte d’Azur urban community
  • the Environment Consultative Committee of the Port of Nice

Find out more


Richard CHEMLA, président du CDMM
Base de l’Aigle Nautique, 50 bd Franck Pilatte, 06300, Nice, France
+33 4 93553333

Base de l’Aigle Nautique, 50 bd Franck Pilatte, 06300, Nice, France
+33 4 93553333