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Strategic Regional Analyses

The Agence des aires marines protégées (French marine protected area agency) is a public administrative body established in 2006, placed under the governance of the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.
It is mainly responsible for establishing and managing a network of marine protected areas in French waters. To fulfil this role, the Agency does a strategic regional analysis to locate and qualify the issues facing the marine environment in a given region, to then propose an MPA establishment and management strategy suited to each marine region (in the ecological or administrative sense).

Document date : 12/2013

Press release - 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?

Document date : 11/2013

Logbook "L"aire marine" - Special IMPAC3

Table of contents :

  • Ajaccio Conference: practical solutions
  • Impac3’s recommendations
  • How to fi nance PMAs?
  • Beyond 10 %
  • Exchanges for a better management
  • A congress for more « oceanity »

Document date : 11/2013

Ministerial Message from Ajaccio

On 26 October 2013, 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.

This Ministerial Conference, held in the presence of numerous representatives of governments, international institutions and NGOs, was structured around three roundtables, on the following subjects: the benefits and urgency of conserving the oceans, promoting the regional scale as the appropriate framework for effective action, and international initiatives needed to protect the high seas.

Exchanges paved the way for a common declaration, based on the outcomes delivered by experts who met in Marseille over the course five days. Its signatories reaffirmed their determination to reach the target of covering 10 percent of the oceans with marine protected areas by 2020 (Aichi 11). Today, only 3 percent are protected. They committed to leveraging the means necessary to do so.

Document date : 10/2013

Closing of the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress Technical Sequence, Marseille

Organized by the French Marine Protected Areas Agency and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC3) was held on Oct. 21-25 in Marseille, whose City Council was one of the congress partners. It successfully gathered some 1500 participants from 87 nations around the world to discuss issues related to marine protected areas and the conservation and management of the oceans.

Document date : 10/2013

Towards good environmental status in the marine environment in 2020

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive adopts an ecosystem-based approach to the marine environment, in connection with the Habitat, Fauna and Flora and Birds Directives and the Water Framework Directive. It aims to maintain or restore the correct functioning of marine ecosystems (preservation of biodiversity, correct interactions between species and their habitats, dynamic and productive oceans) whilst ensuring the sustainable use of the sea for future generations. This brochure introduces this environnemental directive et his implementation.

Document date : 10/2013

National strategy for the creation and management of marine protected areas

This brochure is a summary of the national strategy for the creation and management of marine protected areas adopted in 2012. This document is an edition of November, 2015. The current strategy specifies how France intends to expand its action to develop and manage the network of marine protected areas : objectives, geographical priorities, principles, etc

Document date : 10/2013