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Agenda 2020: International Marine Protected Areas Network

The purpose of this initiative is to build and strengthen current work on the global marine protected areas network for 2020 and beyond. This is in order to assist governments and agencies in facilitating and completing the establishment of coherent and efficient networks of marine protected areas and marine conservation measures at all scales, be they national, regional and global scales.

Document date : 11/2014

IMPAC 3 - Executive summary

The oceans cover 72% of the Earth’s surface, and the High seas (Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction – ABNJ) represent almost 60% of the world’s oceans and are at the heart of supporting life on Earth. Marine ecosystems provide vital services: securing food, developing economies and regulating the global climate, to name but a few. Oceans are the largest and oldest carbon sinks on Earth as 55 % of all biologically sequestered carbon is captured by marine organisms. Although more difficult to measure, other benefits; science, culture, education, recreation and well-being, are just as essential. Yet the oceans are under threat by multiple human and natural causes including overfishing, pollution, habitat destruction and acidification.

Document date : 11/2014

Coral sea nature park

At the heart of the Coral Sea, the large ocean areas of the New Caledonian Maritime Space -which represent 98% of the territory-, comprise scattered “remote islands” and an important collection of coral reefs still not well known, despite ancestral habits in some of these parts.

Document date : 11/2014

Marine mammal monitoring - Overseas territories

France is responsible for the world’s second largest Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) with more than 11 million km2 of surface area. In particular, waters located around the overseas départements and territories account for most of this area and comprise many remarkable tropical habitats and species.

The Agence des aires marines protégées is currently carrying out a significant effort in the overseas waters to inventory, monitor and conserve the natural marine environment in the zone.

Document date : 05/2014

Press release - Creation o f the Coral Sea natural park - 23 april 2014

The decree for creating the Coral Sea natural park was adopted on April 23, 2014 during the convocation of the Government of New Caledonia.
“It gives me great satisfaction to see the establishment of Coral Sea Natural Park today. Since taking office, my government is fully mobilized so that New Caledonia adopts an integrated policy for managing marine areas under its joint responsibility with the state.” said President Harold Martin.

Document date : 04/2014

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