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10/12/2015 Politique de la mer

COP 21 : MPAs contribution to science and knowledge on climate change

The MPA Agency Partnership would addressed to COP 21 that Marine Protected Areas are a key tool for marine biodiversity conservation and supporting resilience, in helping countries deliver progress on Climate Change in synergy with the Convention on Biological Diversity goals.
More partnerships and more dedicated finances are needed for investing more in marine nature solutions. Ocean needs international challenge for investing in resilience.

Ocean and climate challenge will be an important issue of the WCC in Hawaii next year and as well at the fourth International Marine Protected Areas Congress in Chile in 2017. It has to be discussed at CBD COP 13 in Mexico next year.

Ocean and climate change Challenge has to be in the futures negotiations of UNFCCC.   


Pilot project to restore the Natura 2000 site "Baie et cap d’Antibes - Iles de Lérins"

The Agence des aires marines protégées (French MPA Agency) is undertaking a first project to restore the marine environment. This is a pilot action to which the Agency attaches great importance.

In May 2015, 2,500 tyres deposited underwater in the 1980s to form artificial reefs will be removed from the Natura 2000 site "Baie et cap d’Antibes - Iles de Lérins" (bay and cape of Antibes and the Lérins Islands), a marine protected area in the Alpes Maritimes in the south of France.The aim is to restore the integrity of the marine environment over which the tires have scattered in recent decades and thus avoid all alteration of the site's habitats of European importance.

While restoring the marine environment is indeed one of the goals assigned to the Agence des aires marines protégées by the French Ministry for Ecology, projects are still few and far between, due in particular to the technical and scientific difficulties they involve.


Valmer and Panache final conference

The VALMER and PANACHE projects, both of which have been exploring exciting new approaches to sustainable management of the English Channel, will present the findings of almost 3 years of work during a conference that will take place in Torquay, UK on 17-18 March 2015.
The conference will feature a series of presentations, educational workshops and a multimedia exhibition, with plenty of opportunity for networking with leading UK and French policy makers, academics, practitioners and stakeholders.


IUCN World Parks Congress

For the first time since its creation in 2007, the French Marine Protected Areas Agency will attend the International Union for Conservation of Nature World Parks Congress (IUCN-WPC). This 6th edition will be held in the Sydney Olympic Park from the 12th to the 19th of November.


Ocean+ TV launches a second call for films

Launched during IMPAC 3, the 3rd International marine protected areas congress, Ocean+ Web TV invites you to join us at the World Parks Congress, organized by IUCN. It will be held from 12 to 19 November in Sydney, Australia. More than 5000 participants are expected. On this occasion, the Ocean + Web TV is launching a new call for films for the protection of the oceans.


Posidonia seagrass: a radio message to make yachters aware of the stakes of its protection

A radio message targeting yachters will be broadcast on Radio Riviera this summer, by the French marine protected areas Agency, associated to MPA managers. The aim of this message is to raise awareness among skippers and crew members of the impact of yachting on the Mediterranean marine environment, and especially on the seagrass Posidonia oceanica.


Creation of the Coral Sea natural park

The creation of the Coral Sea natural park was announced on April 23, 2014, according to the government of New Caledonia’s decision headed by Harold Martin.


Cooperation to manage the marine area of the central and west Pacific

In how far are the diversity of marine species and ecosystems taken into account in national development planning? Are maritime activities such as tourism, shipping, fishing, or mineral extraction affecting each other and are they compatible with marine conservation? What are potential future scenarios and how will they affect local communities that are strongly dependant on marine resources?


French Announcements at the Ajaccio Conference

On Oct. 26, the French Minister of Ecology announced several significant environmental initiatives at the Ajaccio Ministerial Conference for Ocean Conservation.


Ajaccio Ministerial Message for Ocean Conservation

Immediately after 5 days of debates in Marseille, Mr. Philippe Martin, French Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, gathered in Ajaccio 19 ministers of nations representing the world's oceans.