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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.