The PLANAQUA project is the construction of an experimental platform of aquatic ecology in a range of volumes from a few litres (microcosms) or a few m3 (mesocosms) to artificial lakes (macrocosms). It will be equipped with innovative instruments allowing such things as variations in temperature and brightness or the creation of waves.

Due to this equipment, it will be possible to carry out research aimed at measuring the impact of certain human activities on ecology and biodiversity and to maintain or restore a good ecological state, to develop synthetic indicators of the state of the environment and to develop mathematical models for the sustainable exploitation of aquatic ecosystems.

Monitoring and improvement of the quality of lakes and rivers are necessary to maintain the services provided to people (water quality, biodiversity, recreational activities). The impact of human activities on animals, plants and aquatic microbes is studied in order to maintain or restore a good ecological state.

PLANAQUA is a component of the ESFRI ANAEE project hosted by France (ecosystem analysis and experimentation), CNRS (Ecotron) infrastructure. This equipment will be part of the network of experimental ecology stations from CNRS. It is unique in Europe, and helps meet the requirements posed by the Water Framework Directive.

Teaching units at the level of a certificate in experimental ecology and aquatic ecology (experimental modules of 1-2 weeks) and vocational training on the methods and techniques of aquatic ecology.

There are four associated companies for the development and testing of sensors and instruments to simulate disturbances (hydraulic, thermal, and the development of processes to improve and manage the quality of aquatic environments: the rise of ecological engineering and environmental technologies.