Onema

The French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environnements

NewsLetter #13

October 2012

Responding to future challenges of water and aquatic systems

Editorial

Alexis Delaunay, head of the Inspections and territorial action department at Onema

The Environmental conference for ecological transition was held on 14-15 September 2012 and confirmed that France intends to become an example for other countries in terms of restoring biodiversity. The government committed to publishing by the end of 2012 the necessary documents for the French ecological network that will preserve and restore ecological continuity.
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An example of environmental upgrading of roads and highways

In 2009, ASF (Southern France Highways) launched a study on creating ecological corridors in the Drôme department. Contacted by ASF, Onema took part right from the very beginning by participating in the scientific committee. Once the priority sites requiring restoration had been selected, ASF started work on a structure that blocked the continuity of a river under the A7 highway.
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The influence of riparian zones on the good status of rivers

For the first time in France and in Europe, a study carried out jointly by Onema and Ecolab in Toulouse confirmed the fundamental role played by riparian zones for rivers. The study showed that any interference in the continuity of the vegetation along rivers affects the correct operation of rivers.
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Inspections can mean life or death for eels

For the first time in June 2012, France transmitted to the European commission the report on the measures taken and the expected results of the eel-management plan. This article presents the inspection work carried out by Onema.
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Guidelines on how to reduce leaks in water networks

Onema and Irstea have published a guide containing recommendations to assist local governments in reducing leaks in their drinking-water distribution network, a necessary step to achieve compliance with the Grenelle environmental laws.
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Publications

Onema highlights in 2011

The third edition of Onema highlights was just published for 2011. In approximately 50 pages, the document presents a selection of the most notable projects and the progress made in 2011. Included are examples and participant viewpoints on the projects undertaken and the results obtained to reduce the pressures exerted by human activities and improve water quality, to better manage water resources, to restore aquatic ecosystems to good status and raise awareness concerning the services they provide, to protect biodiversity and restore ecological continuity. The document is structured around the viewpoints of project participants and Onema partners.

Document available here

Contact:claire.roussel@onema.fr

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Onema Meetings
Engineering the water continuum


Water is an environment and a resource that has structured life from its inception and served as a vital support for biodiversity. It can be used in many ways, but it has also become a vector and receptacle for pollutants. The notion of an aquatic continuum has become critical to understanding aquatic ecosystems in that it emphasises the need for an integrative approach, spanning both the spatial and temporal scales, to water management. The symposium organised by Gaié (Group of ecological-engineering professionals) and Onema in a partnership with the Paris region, the French limnology association and Parisian universities, examined the position of ecological engineering in sustainable water management. This new issue of the Onema Meetings presents a summary of the discussions held during the symposium

Document available here

Contact:veronique.nicolas@onema.fr

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INTERVIEW

Interview with Gilles Calas, director of infrastructure at ASF (Southern France Highways)


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IN BRIEF

The IS Rivers symposium on large rivers around the world
From 26 to 28 June 2012, the first edition of the IS Rivers international symposium brought together 500 participants in Lyon. The purpose was to present the latest knowledge and feedback...
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Onema and AFEPTB reinforce their cooperation
On 2 July, AFEPTB (French association of public river-basin territorial agencies) and Onema signed an agreement to reinforce their collaboration.
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Onema participates in sturgeon releases to save the species
6 September, Irstea and its partners organised a release of young sturgeon at Castillon-la-Bataille, on the Dordogne river.
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A film to explain French water policy
What are the key dates for water policy in France? How has the policy evolved over the years? Who are the water stakeholders? How is water governance organised? How do the basin committees operate? And the Water agencies? What is an RBMP? Answers to all these questions are found in the 8-minute film that Onema produced.
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KMAE, an international journal on the rise
Thanks to an impact factor that has practically doubled in just a few years, the journal Knowledge and management of aquatic ecosystems (KMAE) is now widely recognised on the international scene.
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AGENDA

14-15 November 2012, Espace Saint Martin, Paris
Symposium on biodiversity and aquatic environments

How can the biodiversity of aquatic environments be evaluated? What pressures weigh on it? What management policy is required to meet the challenges? To answer these questions, Onema and IOWater will organise a symposium intended for water managers. It will review current studies and research carried out by Onema with its partners and address two aspects of biodiversity, 1) evaluation and monitoring tools and 2) biodiversity management during global change. A round table, bringing together researchers and managers, will be an occasion to set priorities for work in the field of aquatic biodiversity.
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Contacts:
nirmala.seon-massin@onema.fr
nicolas.poulet@onema.fr

120-22 November 2012, Porte de Versailles, Paris
Conference of mayors and local governments

For the third time, Onema and the Water agencies will jointly inform elected officials on the 10th financial-aid programme, on how to consult the public concerning water issues and on the observatory on public water and sanitation services.

A round table will also take place on Wednesday, 21 November, from 16.15 to 18.00, on the topic of "What local officials can do to address water issues in their town and area".
The goal of the round table is to present project feedback and convince local officials to launch management procedures (sub-basin management plans, territorial contracts) for water. Two main issues will be highlighted, namely nonpoint-source pollution and river restoration.

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Contacts:
celine.piquier@onema.fr

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