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A new national action plan to save wetlands

In June 2014, Ecology minister Ségolène Royal visited the Marais Poitevin marshes and launched the third national action plan to save wetlands. The new five-year plan (2014-2018) foresees 52 projects targeting four major goals:

  • reinforce the role of wetlands in urban planning, in flood prevention and in efforts against climate change;
  • set up a true strategy to preserve and restore their functions, in both continental France and the overseas territories, by bringing together all interested wetland stakeholders;
  • develop a nationwide reference map in order to rapidly gain an overview of the situation for wetlands;
  • develop knowledge and training on how to manage wetlands.

Onema participates in over a dozen of the projects.

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Portal showing 75 000 currently listed obstacles on rivers

A new version of the inventory of obstacles to river flow (ROE) is now on-line. The ROE inventory lists all the obstacles on French rivers with the essential information required by water and territorial-planning stakeholders such as the individual national code, location, type and characteristics (gates, fish passes). The result of a collaborative effort by Onema and its partners, the ROE inventory now lists over 75 000 confirmed obstacles in continental France (76 292) and in the overseas territories (382 on Martinique, 133 on Reunion Island, the other territories are still being inventoried).

The data may be downloaded from this link

For a map with the available information, see the sites below.

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Public survey on drinking water in the EU

From 15 June to 15 September 2014, the EU commission will run a public survey on the 98/83/EC directive on the quality of water intended for human consumption. The objective is to learn what European citizens think of the drinking water provided and how it could be improved. The results will assist in determining whether it is necessary to modify the 98/83/EC drinking-water directive.

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A group of sick children discover electrofishing

Last June on the Ouche River in the Côte-d'Or department, a group of young patients from the Robert-Debré Hospital learned about electrofishing, the most common scientific capture method used in France and Europe to study fish populations. The project, carried out in the framework of the national "Children's dreams and CNRS researchers" operation, is the result of a partnership between the Robert-Debré association, CNRS researchers and the Onema Bourgogne Franche-Comté regional office. At the river, the children observed the sampling phase using electrical current, then with the assistance of the personnel from the Onema Côte-d'Or local office, they themselves carried out the biometric phase (identification, weighing and measuring of the fish). The children learned to identify some of the 17 species living in the Ouche. One of the most fun moments was when they released the fish to their natural environment..

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