Onema

The French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environnements

NewsLetter #16

Quarterly - Summer 2013

Responding to future challenges of water and aquatic systems

Editorial

Onema reinforced in its mission - Elisabeth Dupont Kerlan, Onema general director

The new Onema Statement of objectives signed with the Ecology minister constitutes our roadmap for the coming years. We will reach our objectives on the many geographic levels, i.e. national, regional, local and overseas, and in an increasingly cross-cutting and collective manner. We will work with our partners, the State services, Water agencies, local governments and all water stakeholders.
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Onema and its new Statement of objectives

On 22 July, Onema signed its new Statement of objectives with the State. The document is based on three main strategies, i.e. support integrated water policy with knowledge and science advice, contribute to restoration of good water status and sustainable water use, and contribute to more efficient implementation of public water policy. Those strategies are expressed in the form of 23 operational objectives.
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Tools to assess the ecological status of surface waters in overseas territories

Leading up to the second WFD cycle (2016-2021), a major R&D effort has been made to equip overseas territories with suitable bioassessment tools for their aquatic environments. The tools are indispensable for assessing the ecological status of water.
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Methods to take action against contaminants in aquatic environments

The "Chemical contaminants and aquatic environments" symposium, held on 17-18 June, presented an update on five years of study and research that were funded by Onema and the Water agencies. The agenda dealt with the status of water bodies, emerging substances, new diagnostic tools and a very useful session was devoted to controlling the sources of pollution.
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A call for projects to better characterise micropollutants and reduce them at their source

Last June, Onema, the Ecology ministry and the Water agencies jointly launched a call for projects titled Innovation and changes in work habits for micropollutants in urban wastewater. The goal is to provide local governments with a chance to test under real conditions innovative solutions for the identification and reduction of micropollutants.
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Publications

Tools to characterise seawater intrusion and the potential impact of sea levels on coastal aquifers

Knowledge for action series
Along the 5 500 kilometres of coastline in continental France, 95 superficial and 17 deep coastal aquifers have been identified. This document presents, via examples, a number of tools that can be used to qualify seawater intrusion and the potential impact of a sea-level rise on salinity levels in coastal aquifers. Read more

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Diagnosing and restoring aquatic biodiversity

Onema Meetings series
This document recapitulates the symposium organised by Onema and titled "The outlook for managing aquatic biodiversity in rivers and lakes". The two days of discussions between scientists and water managers provided feedback on approximately 30 partnership research projects on aquatic biodiversity.

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Everything you wanted to know about faucet water (CNRS editor)

(CNRS editor) From the abstraction point to consumption and treatment, including management and protection of resource quantities and quality, drinking water is the product of complex, often obscure processes. The book "Everything you wanted to know about faucet water", published by the CNRS, provides answers to many questions concerning the mysteries of a precious resource. Some 30 scientists, including Pierre-François Staub (Onema scientific officer for the chemistry of aquatic environments) contributed to the team managed by Agathe Euzen (CNRS researcher) and Yves Lévi (professor of the Pharmacy school at the University of Paris and member of the Onema Scientific council).

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INTERVIEW

Interview with Philippe Martin,

Ecology minister

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IN BRIEF

Onema and IGN sign an agreement
Onema and IGN (National geographic and forestry institute) signed a partnership agreement on 29 July 2013...
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Revision of interbasin-solidarity conditions
The system of interbasin solidarity, intended to reinforce the investment capacity of the overseas territories and Corsica given the current lack of collective facilities and services, has been revised
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Practical data sheets for managers of protected aquatic species
The first 12 information sheets on protected aquatic species are now available for water managers.
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Raising awareness of ecological continuity among professionals in SW France
The Onema Southwest regional office organised a meeting on 20 June 2013 to present information and promote discussion on ecological continuity.
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"Point sampling" validated by the scientific community
With its partners from IRD (Research institute for development) and Irstea, Onema published a study on point sampling by electrofishing in the 27 August 2013 issue of the Fisheries Management and Ecology journal.
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Ademe call for projects on water and innovative ecotechnology
Ademe has made a call for projects in view of providing funding for designers of innovative ecotechnologies who want to have their technology formally tested.
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AGENDA

19-21 November 2013 - Paris

Onema and the Water agencies at the Mayors' Conference

For the fourth time together at the Conference of mayors and local governments, Onema and the Water agencies will inform local officials on their work to preserve water resources.
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3-5 December 2013 in Nantes

Innovative solutions for sustainable management of rainwater in cities

IFSTTAR (Science and technology institute for transportation, development and networks), in a partnership with CERTU (Centre for the study of networks, transportation, urbanism and public buildings), Onema and the Ecology ministry, will organise a symposium

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