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Flyer - French Marine Protected Areas Agency

The Agency’s main missions involve :

  • Supporting public policies for MPA creation and management;
  • Coordinating the network of MPA managers;
  • Managing human, technical and financial resources made available to marine nature parks and other MPAs under its supervision,
  • Providing technical support for Regional Sea Conventions (Caribbean, North-East Atlantic, Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, South Pacific and Antarctica).

Document date : 12/2015

Marine nature parks

French Marine Nature Parks officially came into being on 14 April 2006 with a law passed to create a new protection tool and the public body on which the parks depend: the Agence des Aires Marines Protégées (The French Marine Protected Areas Agency). It was the culmination of a story which began in the 1980s in the western parts of France, with the need to protect the Iroise Sea while respecting local uses of the waters.

Document date : 12/2015

Presentation guide of the Estuaire Picards and Mer d’Opale Marine Nature Park

Read informations about the  Estuaire Picards and Mer d’Opale Marine Nature Park : data sheet, a territory with ambition, management plan and management board...

Document date : 06/2015

Press kit - 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.

Document date : 05/2015