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A national plan to save wetlands
On 2 February, the junior minister for ecology launched the national action plan to save wetlands. The plan comprises 29 projects divided into six sections, namely 1) develop sustainable agriculture in wetlands, 2) promote the specific role of wetlands in urban areas, 3) enhance the consistency and effectiveness of public policy, 4) develop skills and know-how in the management and restoration of wetlands, 5) improve knowledge of wetlands and 6) inform, train and enhance awareness concerning wetlands. The projects will be organised with an array of partners.

More information : www.developpement-durable.gouv.fr/

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A national portal for wetlands
  The new national portal for wetlands, developed by Onema, is now online and can be used to learn about a particular wetland, discover the diversity of these zones, understand how they operate and the services they provide, etc. The portal provides access to over 10 000 bibliographical references provided by the wetland centres. It is the indispensable resource centre for owners and their partners who wish to take action and participate in saving or restoring wetlands. The portal will provide feedback on successful restoration projects as well as information on current regulations.

www.zones-humides.eaufrance.fr

Contact: pierre.caessteker@onema.fr

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French conference on biodiversity
On 10-12 May, a conference was held on biodiversity in Chamonix. Organised by the Ecology ministry, it brought together some 400 participants from many sectors, including public organisations, researchers, environmental associations, local governments, companies, professional associations, farmers, developers, managers of natural zones and several ministries. What means are required to halt the erosion of biodiversity? The leitmotif over the three days was governance. Discussions were divided into four topics, each representing a direct threat to biodiversity and covered by a workshop, namely loss of habitat, invasive species, pollution and excessive use of resources. The conclusions drawn will serve as the starting point in formulating a new, national biodiversity strategy that should be ready in 2011.

Contact: gisele.parfait@onema.fr

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New network for data exchange and promotion of restoration ecology
On 29 January in Brest, Onema participated in a symposium on a network for data exchange and promotion of restoration ecology (REVER). The meeting was an occasion to bring together stakeholders working on restoration of natural environments, including scientists, design offices, local governments, associations, companies and landscape architects. Onema presented a set of data sheets drawn up with the Water agencies after evaluating some 60 projects to preserve and physically restore aquatic environments. The purpose of the data sheets is to assist in setting up new efforts to restore aquatic ecosystems, a major element in achieving the goals set out by the Water framework directive (WFD).

Contact: veronique.nicolas@onema.fr

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The Onema meetings - a new document collection
Onema and its partners organise technical seminars to raise awareness of the major issues in research on aquatic environments, design new strategies, inform water-management professionals, draw the attention of local governments to the need to protect and restore aquatic environments, and encourage restoration projects. A new document collection called "The Onema meetings" provides short summaries for each seminar. The new collection was born of the desire to disseminate information on important, future issues, but also to make perfectly clear the commitment on the part of Onema and its partners to achieving good water status. The first two issues deal with two major challenges for the water sector, the impact of climate change en aquatic environments and monitoring of medicinal residues in water.

Contact: claire.roussel@onema.fr

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Information meetings on aquatic micropollutants
On 10-12 March, meetings on aquatic micropollutants were held in Paris and brought together 140 participants from continental France and the overseas territories, including the Water agencies, universities, public and private research labs. Onema organised the meetings in four discussion groups, i.e. 1) the chemical quality of environments, 2) contamination processes and pressures in aquatic environments, 3) ecotoxicology and 4) developments in metrology and management of monitoring data. The goal was to "cross breed" the knowledge specific to each field in view of creating operational tools. The conclusions drawn from the meetings will be used to formulate R&D programming.

Contact: pierre-francois.staub@onema.fr

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Initial eel-plan measures coming on line
The eel-management plan for France was approved by the EU commission on 15 February 2010. The measures deal with the different types of fishing, obstacles to the passage of eels, restocking, habitat restoration and contamination. One of the measures is a catch quota for glass eels, set up last December and covering all river basins in France. Fisheries must declare glass-eel catches every 48 hours. The Diren/Dreal manage the CITES files and Onema is in charge of entering the data provided by the various managers monitoring the fisheries active in public river zones. To ensure transparency and easy data access, Onema updates the glass-eel filings daily on its site, thus making it possible to closely monitor consumption and restocking. This initiative will be renewed next year.

Contact: yoann.vecchio@onema.fr

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National information day on the restoration of ecological continuity
On 5 May, Onema and the biodiversity department at the Ecology ministry organised informational meetings on the national plan to restore ecological continuity in rivers. The goal was to organise the mobilisation of all the entities involved in the plan, i.e. State services (DDT, DREAL), the Water agencies, Onema and the Ecology ministry. Over 200 participants discussed the five key points in the plan, 1) identifying obstacles and evaluating their potential impact on ecological continuity, 2) setting priorities for the obstacles to be modified or eliminated, 3) mobilising installation owners, 4) missions of the water police and 5) evaluation of the environmental benefits.

Contact: franck.weingertner@onema.fr

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A feedback manual on the hydromorphological restoration of rivers
Onema and the Water agencies have published a manual containing feedback from projects to restore the hydromorphological characteristics of rivers. Over 60 examples of restoration projects in all the French river basins were selected, representing different types of work, namely addition of river gravel, restoration of river bends, reconnection of side arms or former meanders, modification or removal of transversal obstacles, elimination of lateral limitations, reopening of covered river sections, elimination of ponds along rivers, modification of river-bed geometry or the return of a river to its original path. For each project, a sheet presents the local context, the type of work carried out, monitoring where applicable, the results, the future outlook for the river and the promotional tools used. These examples will be on line in May at www.zones-humides.eaufrance.fr , section Agir / Actions concrètes réalisées / Retours d’expérience). They will also be made available in a folder during the summer of 2010.

Contact: josee.peress@onema.fr

 

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