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Protect water and nature day in France
On Sunday, 14 June, Onema and ONCFS personnel were on hand, side by side, on some 50 emblematic sites throughout France, including Mont-Saint-Michel, the Guérande marshes, the Arguin nature reserve in Gironde, the Caroux Espinouse hills and the Loire, Charente, Allier and Sioule rivers. The goal of the day was to meet walkers, hikers, hunters, fishermen, mountain bikers and drivers, to inform on how to protect nature, water and aquatic environments, and to make people aware that the environmental police exists. The personnel explained the regulations and the penalties incurred if they are not observed. The personnel of the two agencies are confronted on a daily basis with pollution, obstacles to river continuity, work likely to destroy spawning grounds, removal of plants, vehicles operating in natural areas and disturbances to animals.
Contact:pascale.boizard@onema.fr

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Effective management of wetlands
Onema and the four wetland centres have committed to concrete efforts to protect wetlands which play an essential role in correct operation of aquatic environments and the conservation of biodiversity. The triple goal of the partnership is to 1) encourage the creation of a network between all stakeholders in wetland management, including the Water agencies, SBMP personnel, Natura 2000 agents, natural zones, regional and departmental councils, regional nature parks, etc., 2) pool information on successful conservation and restoration efforts by wetland managers, 3) actively participate in implementing the national policy in favour of wetlands that was put back on track last April.
Contact:camille.barnetche@onema.fr

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The first three-party agreement between the prefect, ONCFS and Onema signed in Isère
On 2 July in Grenoble, Albert Dupuy, Isère prefect, Patrick Lavarde, Onema general director, and Hubert Géant, representing the ONCFS general director, signed the first three-party cooperation agreement on water and environmental police. The agreement marks the start of stronger collaboration between the various water and environmental policing services throughout France. Isère is one of the 13 departments selected to experiment the practical conditions of the collaborative effort. In each department, the three-party agreement will expand the agreements already signed in 2008 between the prefect and Onema, and formalise implementation of the joint inspection programme.
Contact:alexis.delaunay@onema.fr

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France will organise the World water forum in 2012

On 19 June, France was selected by the World water council to organise the next World water forum, thus beating the city of Durban in South Africa. Marseille will host in 2012 the most important international event in the water sector. Every three years, over a one-week period, the forum draws 20 000 people from government and parliaments, civil society, economic and social decision-makers, NGOs, etc., to discuss the major water issues. Onema, which became a member of the World water council in the spring of 2009, will contribute to the success of the event along with other participants in the water sector.
Contact:marie-perrine.durot@onema.fr

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Grenelle agreement for the oceans - By land and by sea
The 12 basin committees in continental France and overseas met on 16 June in La Baule to contribute to the debates on the Grenelle agreement for the oceans. Over 200 members of the basin committees gathered to discuss and make proposals in two fields, 1) to enhance the role of the committees in coastal and ocean zones with an increase in both their responsibilities and their composition, 2) to expand knowledge on coastal and ocean zones, in particular through the development of information and observational tools.
Contact: gisele.parfait@onema.fr

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Water document portal
Access to knowledge on water is not limited to experts. The national portal for technical documentation on water set up by Onema will enable the public to access over 19 000 data sheets and 5 000 documents on line, including reports, studies and published articles, all collected, funded and/or produced by the public sector. The site receives a continuous flow of documents from many contributors, notably Onema, the Water agencies, IOWater, the Ecology ministry, the Water offices in Martinique and Réunion, Ifremer, Cemagref, BRGM and Ineris. Access is very easy, simply connect to www.documentation.eaufrance.fr and click the Search or Advanced search tab.
Contact:francoise.bunch@onema.fr

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