Onema

The French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environnements

NewsLetter #17

Quarterly - Fall 2013

Responding to future challenges of water and aquatic systems

Editorial

Elisabeth Dupont Kerlan, Onema general director

The 2013 Environmental conference was held on 20-21 September 2013 and a number of conclusions directly impact the work at Onema. The creation in the near future of the French agency for biodiversity (AFB) was confirmed by the President and the Prime minister. Onema management is now engaged in discussions on the draft law creating the AFB because Onema will be absorbed by it and constitute the main component.
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Nonpoint-source pollution is an inspection priority

Following the Environmental conference in September 2013, the government designated increased efforts against nonpoint-source pollution from farms as the number-one priority in the Water section of the road map for the ecological transition. Onema carries out inspections to ensure compliance with regulations.
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Tools for abstraction protection exist and are increasingly used

Since 500 priority abstractions were listed in 2009, the protection of drinking-water abstractions from nonpoint-source pollution (notably from farms) has made considerable progress. R&D efforts, with support from Onema, have resulted in a complete set of protection tools. In the field, the initial action plans are now being set up.
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The overseas territories upgrade their sanitation infrastructure

The development of drinking-water and sanitation infrastructure in the overseas territories was confirmed as a priority by the last Environmental conference. Since 2008, Onema has invested heavily in the sector and considerable research work has been done. A progress report.
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Access to water data

To ensure the transparency of water policy for consumers, the State commissioned Onema to improve access to public data. However, improving access means first obtaining, interpreting and explaining the data.
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Publications

Economic analysis for management of water and aquatic environments

Knowledge for action series
Whether the goal is to characterise in social-economic terms how water is used in a given area or to assess the costs and environmental impacts of a programme of measures or a project, economic analysis is now an integral part of the preparatory and formulation processes of public policy. Whatever the size of the project, cost-recovery analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis and cost-benefit analysis are all assessment techniques that water specialists must use to comply with regulations and implement water-management policy in their area. This book presents definitions, information and a discussion on the economic-analysis techniques used to manage water and aquatic environments. The goal is to assist in the operational implementation of economic analysis.

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Exotic crayfish invasions, Ecological impacts and management approaches

Onema Meetings series
At a time when the restoration and preservation of aquatic environments are seen as essential ecological and social issues, the invasion of exotic crayfish represents a major concern for many water managers and stakeholders. This document presents the results of the first "National meeting on invasive exotic crayfish", organised in June 2013 by INRA, the Brière regional nature park, the Forum of Atlantic marshes, Onema and CNRS.

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Contracts governing delegation of public water and sanitation services from 1998 to 2010

EauFrance review series
From 1998 to 2010, the procedures for public-service delegation contracts for water and sanitation were analysed annually by surveying local governments. The EauFrance review titled "Contracts governing delegation of public water and sanitation services from 1998 to 2010" analysed the main results, i.e. 1) renegotiated tariffs are generally lower, 2) contracts now focus more on performance and have shorter durations, and 3) the service offering, though limited in a highly concentrated sector, has progressed somewhat.

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INTERVIEW

Interview with Anne-Marie Levraut

Council for the environment and sustainable development, Operational manager of the water-policy assessment

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IN BRIEF

Onema not involved in the river tax
In December, Onema was frequently mentioned in the press and on the internet in conjunction with the proposed tax intended to generate funds for the management of aquatic environments and flood prevention...
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Roles and sectors of responsibility of participants in water policy in France
Onema has produced interactive diagrams and an animated film presenting the roles and sectors of responsibility of the many stakeholders active in the field of WFD water policy in France...
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New pages on Onema.fr on river hydromorphology and migratory fish to assist projects
New pages are available on Onema.fr to help stakeholders in the management of aquatic environments to launch new projects targeting improvements in or the restoration of river morphology and ecological continuity...
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Two new sites on nonpoint-source pollution
Protection of abtractions site and buffer zones
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AGENDA

6 February 2014 - Villeurbanne

Final symposium of the ARMISTIQ project - Villeurbanne

The ARMISTQ project to reduce micro-pollutants in treatment plants for household wastewater is a research project managed by Irstea in a partnership with CIRSEE Suez Environnement and the EPOC-LPTC lab...
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