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Press release - Cooperation to manage the marine area of the central and west Pacific

Comment prendre en compte la diversité des écosystèmes et leurs interactions dans les stratégies locales, nationales et internationales de gestion ? Comment planifier en conséquence les activités maritimes de la région (tourismes, transport
maritime, pêche, extraction…) en préservant le milieu ? Quels sont les scénarios possibles pour le futur et comment peuvent ils bénéficier aux populations locales ?

Voici quelques unes des problématiques sur lesquelles vont plancher les participants de ces ateliers, organisés en lien...

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In 2013, the Agence des aires marines protégées (French Marine Protected Areas Agency) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are co-organizing the 3rd edition of the International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC3).

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Agency Organisation

The Agence des Aires Marines Protégées, a French public establishment of an administrative nature, is placed under the governance of the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport, and Housing. Its head office is in Brest (Finistère). It has branches in mainland France and overseas, outreach teams linked to natural Marine parks and park projects. Its government is exercised by an executive board on which other deliberating authorities are dependent (the Natural Marine Park management advisory...

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European relations

After the creation and placing under management of the marine sites of the Natura 2000 European network, Europe launched a new marine environment protection dynamic with the marine environment strategy management plan from June 2008. It is undoubtedly the new major environmental project that the EU member states must implement in terms of protecting the marine environment.  The Agence des Aires Marines Protégées contributes to the application of this directive and more generally to European...

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MAIA, a European cooperation project, aims to create a network of managers and parties involved in marine protected areas.
This technical group, that makes proposals at an international level in terms of definition, governance and management, works on the deployment of a representative, coherent, efficient, and accepted network of marine protected areas along the Atlantic coast.

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Regional cooperation

The presence of the French maritime domain on the four oceans underlines and increases regional cooperation stakes. In fact, waters under French jurisdiction have maritime borders with around 30 states. In order to contribute to the synergy of cooperation the agency has drawn up an activity program for regional sea conventions. France is a Contracting Party to six regional sea conventions. These implemented conventions are one of the largest initiatives for the management and protection...

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Antarctica: a scientific eco-regionalisation programme

France has participated in international Antarctic research for a long time, notably through permanent scientific installations :

  • in the sub-Antarctic archipelagos of Port-aux-Français (Kerguelen, 1949), Paul Martin de Viviès (Amsterdam, 1949) and Alfred Faure (Crozet, 1963-1964),
  •  of the Adélie Land base,

as well as the programmes of the Institut Paul Emile Victor, of the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle and French scientific research centres.
One of the 12 initial signatories of...

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3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress: Countdown Has Begun

Every four years, the International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC) brings together major marine-conservation players worldwide. Its 3rd edition takes place in Marseille and Corsica, France, from Oct. 21 to Oct. 27, 2013. Its official website is now online: Participants can register and submit their abstracts.

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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.

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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...