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International

On an international level, France has committed itself to many projects designed to slow down the loss of biodiversity and to reinforce the development of marine protected areas, which represent 1.4% of protected oceanic and coastal areas compared to 15% for protected areas of land. Internationally, the Agence des Aires Marines Protégées’ primary mission is to develop marine protected areas on the high seas and to follow the regional seas conventions and international agreements....

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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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Marine Strategy Framework Directive

On 17 June 2008, the European Union adopted the Marine Environment Strategy framework directive (MSFD) for all of the maritime waters under the jurisdiction of member states, excluding overseas departments. This directive should notably promote the inclusion of environmental concerns within all policies concerned and constitute the environmental pillar for future European Union maritime policy. In this regard, the directive enables the development of a more global management approach in terms of Marine ecosystems present...

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Eurosite

The EUROSITE network is a European organisation developing exchanges of knowledge on the management of protected areas. The agency supports the EUROSITE initiative aiming to develop technical and scientific workshops for the management of marine protected areas, and to produce a toolbox for management plans. A list of priority work themes has been drawn up:

  • comparative examination of methodological guides and experiences from coastal and marine area management plans, in particular for Natura 2000...

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Exchange Networks

The Agence des Aires Marines Protégées stimulates the dynamics of technical exchanges and shared experiences between MPA managers and more widely between organisations involved in the marine environment. In this area, its purpose is to create links and share information on marine environment protection and Marine Protected Area issues and objectives. On a national level, it manages the Marine Protected Area Managers’ Forum which brings together the 80 members representing French Marine Protected Areas. The...

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MAIA

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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Medpan

MedPAN is the network of Mediterranean marine protected area managers. Its objective is to facilitate exchanges between Mediterranean marine protected areas in order to improve their management.
The Agency participates as an MPA manager in the Mediterranean but also by assisting projects with its technical and methodological support arising from French experience.

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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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North-east Atlantic

The OSPAR convention is one of the most active regional conventions. Its methods, analysis, and lists are often used in European policies. The agency is therefore fully geared up to monitor and to provide information for its works, supporting the ministries of sustainable development and foreign affairs.

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Barcelona Convention

Within the framework of the Barcelona Convention "for the protection of the Marine environment and the Mediterranean coastline", the agency gives its technical support to the Ministry of Ecology for the implementation of the "biodiversity and special protection areas" protocol and the actions concerning these areas. The Barcelona Convention is the support for the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP), the first "regional sea" program of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), set up in 1975, bringing...