The Muséum provides naturalist expertise, thanks to its skilled scientists, for a mission which includes cataloguing flora and fauna, studying natural environments in order to improve their preservation, producing biodiversity monitoring indicators and contributing to the fight against the illegal trade in plants and animals.
An independent reference
The nature knowledge acquired by the Muséum serves as an essential foundation for expertise in the natural heritage sector. This independent scientific organisation is now a worldwide reference in this field. It is at the heart of contemporary issues and therefore provides expertise for the French State, local authorities, European and international institutions and businesses, too.
How can decision-makers be helped with often sensitive topics?
The expertise is drawn from all the establishment’s areas of activity, particularly a dedicated Natural Heritage Department, and of course research activities thanks to specialists - sometimes the only ones in their field.
In practical terms, the aim is to provide scientific support for drawing up nature conservation policies, characterising the conservation status of species, natural habitats and ecosystems, developing indicators and assessing the impact of new projects.
Protected species, land management and invasive species
The expertise at the Muséum involves two major areas of action: on the one hand, the production and dissemination of knowledge about natural heritage based on inventories of species and natural habitats, and on the other, expertise on species and area management. The knowledge and skills developed at the Muséum enable national, European and international policies and agreements to be monitored.
In practice, the Muséum is called upon to provide:
- national nature reference databases accessible online, like the National Inventory of Natural Heritage
- information and evaluation protocols for a variety of public bodies to be used for decision-making regarding natural heritage - for example Natura 2000, the European network of protected sites in which the Muséum is the national scientific reference
- specific expertise on at times burning issues, such as the impact of a development or certain activities, the identification of illegally imported endangered species, etc.
- private requests on a wide variety of topics, for example, expertise on seeds for a perfume maker or on bone fragments from a grave on the route of a road.
The ultimate objective? To use the Muséum’s scientific knowledge to protect the biological and geological diversity around us.
To find out more, please go to the dedicated area for Muséum expertise