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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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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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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...

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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.