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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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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...

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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...

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Pilot project to restore the Natura 2000 site "Baie et cap d’Antibes - Iles de Lérins"

The Agence des aires marines protégées (French MPA Agency) is undertaking a first project to restore the marine environment. This is a pilot action to which the Agency attaches great importance.

In May 2015, 2,500 tyres deposited underwater in the 1980s to form artificial reefs will be removed from the Natura 2000 site "Baie et cap d’Antibes - Iles de Lérins" (bay and cape of Antibes and the Lérins Islands), a marine protected area in the...

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Presentation guide of the Estuaire Picards and Mer d’Opale Marine Nature Park

Read informations about the Estuaire Picards and Mer d’Opale Marine Nature Park : data sheet, a territory with ambition, management plan and management board...

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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.

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High Seas MPAs in the Northeast Atlantic in the Northeast Atlantic

This brochure presents Marine Protected Areas that have been designated in waters beyond national jurisdictions by the OSPAR Commission. This document recalls how these MPAs were created, and the consequent recommendations for their management. The French Agency for Marine Protected Areas is involved in all these steps and this document intends in particular to inform relevant administrations and stakeholders to facilitate the implementation at national level of the recommendations for the management of these MPAs.

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The agency is developing multiple partnerships in the Mediterranean . This sea, almost entirely closed off and threatened by its own attractiveness requires, even more than elsewhere, cooperation between its neighbouring countries to preserve its exceptional biodiversity.

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COP 21 : MPAs contribution to science and knowledge on climate change

The MPA Agency Partnership would addressed to COP 21 that Marine Protected Areas are a key tool for marine biodiversity conservation and supporting resilience, in helping countries deliver progress on Climate Change in synergy with the Convention on Biological Diversity goals.
More partnerships and more dedicated finances are needed for investing more in marine nature solutions. Ocean needs international challenge for investing in resilience.

Ocean and climate challenge will be an important issue of the...