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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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World's Marine-Protection Specialists Gather in France in Oct. 2013

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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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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.

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Marine protected areas in French Polynesia

Since 1971, French Polynesia, according to its local jurisdiction, has been setting up marine protected areas with multiple goals (protected areas, PGEM marine area management plan) but also regulated fi shing areas which contribute to a better marine area management.

Meanwhile, some areas are internationally recognized and awarded by UNESCO’s “Man and Biosphere” program (Fakarava atolls) and by the RAMSAR convention on the international importance of wetlands (Moorea lagoon).
French Polynesia also host traditional community-based...

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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.

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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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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.

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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?

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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...