Onema

The French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environnements

NewsLetter #5

October 2009

Responding to future challenges of water and aquatic systems

Editorial

René Lalement, Director of the water information production and management department - Onema

A new system for water data
There is nothing new in organising public policies to draw on knowledge organised in information systems supplied with demographic, economic and public-health data. On the other hand, the system used to create and use knowledge in the environmental sector is innovative for a number of reasons. Read more

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A national framework for water data in France

A national framework for water data in France
Filling out the law on water and aquatic environments, a decree will organise the WIS-F (water information system) by creating the national framework for water data.The goal is to make the WIS-F a component in the design, implementation and evaluation of water policies. Read more
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The national PCB action plan continues to monitor contaminationational framework for water data in France

Monitoring of PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) contamination of sediment and fish continues in the framework of the national PCB action plan.For the second straight year, fish and sediment samples were collected in May and June 2009 to determine PCB levels. Read more
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Medical residues in water - Improve knowledge and organise monitoring


Monitoring of medical residues in aquatic environments and evaluation of the risks for the environment
and human health were the topics of the seminar organised by Onema on 25 and 26 May in Paris. Some 80 health and environmental experts shared their knowledge.The goal was to launch a coordinated action programme to improve our knowledge and contribute to preparing the future national plan for medical residues in water. plan. Read more

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Closer contacts between environmental police - An experiment in 13 French departments

To optimise the effectiveness of environmental police, the State is creating closer ties between the policing activities
of Onema, ONCFS (national agency for hunting and wildlife) and DDEA (departmental public-works and agriculture agencies). This policy, a part of the general revision of public policies, does not affect the institutional standing of each agency. Read more

 

 

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INTERVIEW

Interview with Luc Abbadie, president of the scientific council on water and aquatic environments
Director of the Biogeochemistry and ecology of continental systems lab (CNRS/ENS/INRA) at the École normale supérieure in Paris.
The scientific council comprises 24 members from different horizons. Virtually all disciplines are represented and though public research has a larger number of members, the council also includes experts from various professional segments of the water sector.
More information

AGENDA

21st and 22nd October 2009, Oloron-Sainte-Marie (France) - Managing Atlantic salmon habitats and fish farms for restocking more

17 November, Paris - Feedback on working together for rivers and wetlands more

17-18-19 November, Paris - National meeting of mayors more

9-10 December, Paris - Economic and market instruments in support of water policies in Europe more

10-11 December, Limoges - National seminar of SBMP leaders more

IN BRIEF

Protect water and nature day in France
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Effective management of wetlands
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The first three-party agreement between the prefect, ONCFS and Onema signed in Isère
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France will organise the World water forum in 2012
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Grenelle agreement for the oceans
By land and by sea
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Water document portal
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