Antarctica: crying lack of funding for French polar research

While the international Antarctic meeting is being held this year in Paris, and despite its two permanent bases on the white continent, France spends less money on polar science than countries like Poland, South Korea or Australia.

“We are still in the big leagues for search results. But since 2005, the financial resources for polar research have been gradually eroded. They have fallen to less than 20 million euros per year. This envelope is unworthy of a large country like France ”, laments Yvon Le Maho, chairman of the board of directors of the IPEV (French Polar Institute Paul-Émile Victor), internationally renowned biologist and member of the Academy of Sciences.

For the moment, France has a total annual budget of 18 million euros for its permanent presence in the Arctic and Antarctic, its investments, salaries, logistics, which has made it possible to host a total of 320 researchers on the field in 2019, and maintain 40 refuges for scientific expeditions.
This is less than Poland, which obtained a budget of 21 million euros to rebuild a station, and much less than Germany (53 million euros), Australia (88 million) or “Korea

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