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Climate Change & Water

The DREAM cluster

What’s DREAM

The DREAM cluster (Durabilité de la Ressource en Eau Associée aux Milieux [sustainability of water resources and aquatic environment]) is a competitiveness cluster in the Region Centre (France) that brings together key players in the fields of research and training, as well as economic stakeholders. It is now the recognised representative for the field of green technology related to water and aquatic environment. It develops tailor-made, sustainable solutions, both technical and socio-economic. The cluster supports growth and competitiveness of its SMEs through innovation, a focus on research and technology transfer.

DREAM'S Strategic activities

  • Diagnosis, monitoring, environmental information systems of water resources and aquatic ecosystems
  • Management of water resources and aquatic ecosystems
  • Alternative water and soil treatments
  • Adaptation of technologies, products, services and processes to emerging and developing countries

Who is DREAM designed to support?


  • SMEs
  • Large groups
  • Laboratories
  • Trade associations
  • Training agencies
  • Organisations Clusters

What is a Competitiveness Cluster?

A partnership based around a particular theme in a particular region...
A competitiveness cluster brings together research laboratories, training organisations and businesses of all sizes in a particular region to develop synergies and cooperative initiatives. It may also include other partners, such as local and national public authorities and business service providers.

…designed to achieve success
The idea is to use synergies and innovative collaborative projects to help the businesses involved achieve a leading position in their respective fields, both in France and internationally.

What are the aims of competitiveness clusters?

To strengthen the competitiveness of the French economy and stimulate employment and growth in the country’s key markets by :

  • Focusing on innovation,
  • Consolidating creative and high technology activities, primarily industrial, within the cluster zones,
  • Making France more attractive through increased visibility on a global scale.

Some innovative projects

  • DUTS is aiming to develop a remote water management system with low energy consumption.
  • ECOSMETOCENTRE aims to find molecules with biological activity for cosmetic applications in plants from natural wetlands in the Centre Region. The project thus aims to breed plants that currently form maintenance "waste" in natural wetlands and put them to good use by extracting the main active ingredients.
  • FLOCON BIO offers an innovative, ecological solution in the industrial and community "dirty" water processing market. It involves developing new flocculants from natural renewable products as an alternative to the synthesis flocculants used commonly nowadays.
  • HYDROFLUV aims at developing a system capturing the kinetic energy of rivers to supply economic and regular electric production : a cross-flow hydrokinetic turbine (HYDROQUEST design).
  • PHYTORIA is aiming to propose new techniques for treating extensive or semi-extensive, food-processing industrial effluents based on the planted reed filter solution, thereby ensuring purification. The technology is also aiming to be developed for the emerging countries in tropical climates.
  • SAS is planning to develop a modelling, yield forecast and decision aid system applied to wheat. It is based on the use of highly-innovative new technologies, dynamic modelling at plot level combined with radar satellite imaging, to forecast crop yields better.
  • SVEH has the goal of offering a competitive "monitoring station" specific for hospital water, combining optimised technologies and services for monitoring and biological measurement coupled with chemical analysis.
  • ZHART aims at developing and industrialising planted discharge areas at the exit of treatment plants to convert them into a genuine artificial wetland guaranteeing the treatment of micropollutants and ecological diversity.