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International horizons

In the tenth year of its existence, Cedre had a budget of only 10.6 million Francs, including contributions in kind. Personnel secondment agreements, contributions in kind and subsidies had diminished. It became heavily involved in French support for response to the Exxon Valdez spill, after the oil tanker grounded on 24th March on Bligh Reef, in Prince William Sound (Alaska - US), spilling 40,000 tonnes of light crude oil. It accompanied the Secretary of State in charge of the Environment on site, provided operational advisory services to Exxon and contributed to the dispatch of 8 recovery barges and 200 pressure washers.