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NewsLetter #18

Quarterly - Winter 2013-2014

Special issue on wetlands

Editorial

Protection of wetlands is a priority for public policy - Philippe Dupont, Director of the Research and development department, Onema

Wetlands are an important component in many public policies, such as the national biodiversity strategy, ecological networks, the common agricultural policy, the national action plan to restore ecological continuity, the European regulation targeting recovery of the eel stock, etc. The French government recently confirmed that the destruction of wetlands must be stopped. The project to launch a third national plan in favour of wetlands is one of the priorities in the road map for the ecological transition produced by the recent Environmental conference.
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Results of ten years of research on wetlands

What operational solutions has research on wetlands produced since 2001? How well do those solutions correspond to the needs of wetland managers? This article looks at the results presented by the National museum of natural history during the meeting held on 13 December.
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Marshes upstream of the Charente estuary now open to glass eels

Onema ran a study on the Charente estuary to remove obstacles to the movement of juvenile eels. Efforts are required for eels and other species so they can access the rivers and wetlands where they can grow.
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Onema launches a partnership for "its" fens

On the Paraclet site in the Somme department, the Onema training centre and the neighbouring agricultural school have set up an original partnership to manage the surrounding fens. In January, the opening ceremony for the World Wetlands Day was held on the site.
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Preserving lagoons and wetlands in Languedoc-Roussillon

To better preserve the lagoons and wetlands in the Languedoc-Roussillon region, site managers and the environmental police decided to coordinate their joint efforts.
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INTERVIEW

Interview with Geneviève Gaillard

Vice-president of Ramsar France, French MP and mayor of the city of Niort, president of the national committee for ecological networks.

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IN BRIEF

Ecosystemic management in the Blayais littoral marshes
Along the right bank of the Gironde estuary, in the town of Braud et Saint-Louis, the Terres d’Oiseaux ornithological park is located in the heart of the Blayais littoral marshes. The site, at the interface between land and sea, and in direct contact with the estuary, is a particularly favourable spot for the European eel...
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A data dictionary for wetlands
A data dictionary for wetlands is now being drafted by a group of experts under Onema management. The objective is to pave the way for standard terminology and provide a tool to facilitate the collection and sharing of data on wetlands...
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Discover the national portal for information on wetlands
Intended for elected officials, experts, local governments, farmers, foresters, companies, engineering firms, simple citizens, etc., the national wetlands portal is managed by Onema and provides all the available information required to learn about wetlands and take action to preserve and restore them...
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Symposium in Nantes on littoral wetlands and ecological continuity
Littoral wetlands, e.g. mud flats, lagoons, estuaries, salt marches, etc., may suffer from poor hydraulic management which can lead to silting and entrophication of the canal network, a reduction in water quality and loss of biodiversity...
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Reconciling ecological continuity and flood control
In the Wateringues area, the triangle formed by the delta of the Aa river between Dunkerque, Calais and St.-Omer, a historic draining network regulates water flows to avoid any risk of flooding...
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Informative data sheets on wetlands
The national portal has published a set of informative data sheets that may be downloaded and printed. They are intended for wetland managers and for the general public. What are wetlands?...
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Five regional wetland centres coordinated by Onema
The wetland centres were created as part of the first national wetlands plan in 2001 to assist local initiatives in favour of sustainable management of wetlands. The five centres are coordinated by Onema and each is specialised in a particular type of wetland...
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