Onema

The French National Agency for Water and Aquatic Environnements

NewsLetter #6

Winter 2009-2010

Responding to future challenges of water and aquatic systems

Editorial

Patrick Lavarde, General director of Onema

Onema signed its first goals contact with the French State on 13 November. For the next four years, the contract sets a number of ambitious goals in terms of restoring the good status of water and meeting challenges such as adaptation to climate change, sustainable management of water resources, reductions in pollution and reestablishment of ecological continuity. Read more

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Onema takes part in implementing the national action plan for river restoration

River restoration is one of the conditions required to reach good water status by 2015. On 13 November, Chantal Jouanno, junior minister for ecology, announced a national action plan to restore the ecological continuity of rivers. Onema is now gearing up for this ambitious project and providing its know-how. Read more
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The Touques river basin, an outstanding example of river restoration

The announcement of a national action plan to restore the ecological continuity of rivers was made in the Touques river basin in Normandy, itself an excellent example of restored continuity. Over the past 30 years, thanks to the work done and the efforts of many participants, the Touques basin has become fully accessible for migratory fish. Read more
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A study on the impact of structures in the Adour river basin


In the Aquitaine region, Onema recently studied the impact of structures on all migratory species, in terms of both upstream and downstream migrations. The study dealt with eight rivers and torrents in the Adour basin.
From the fall of 2008 to the summer of 2009, Onema personnel from the Sud-Ouest regional office and the Pyrénées-atlantiques local office examined 91 obstacles where biological issues are a major concern. Read more

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New national observatory on public water and sanitation services

At the annual conference of French mayors on 18 November, Chantal Jouanno, junior minister for ecology, launched the national observatory for public water and sanitation services.
The observatory, the first national database on prices and the performance of public services, will constitute a useful tool for local governments and consumers. Over the long term, it will provide a complete and regularly updated panorama on the management of water and sanitation services in France. Read more

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Economic instruments in support of water policies

Onema organised a meeting in Paris for 120 environmental economists and river-basin managers from 11 European countries
to discuss economic instruments used to support management efforts for water and aquatic environments. Read more

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INTERVIEW

Interview with Chantal Jouanno, junior minister for ecology


The goals contract for a public agency constitutes the road map and general direction set by the State for the agency over the years to come. Its importance is enhanced by the fact that Onema was founded relatively recently. After only two years of existence, we can say that the challenge has been met. I regularly meet with people from the water field, in both the public and private sectors, and they all expect a great deal from Onema. The demands placed on the agency are growing and that is proof that it is seen as an important player. For us, the agency is above all the national technical organisation in charge of reclaiming the good ecological status of water and aquatic environments.
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IN BRIEF

Initial grants for the Ecophyto 2018 plan awarded
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Research projects on eels in the Rhine river
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A water mediator for consumers
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National steering committee set up for the national plan on medical residues in water
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Seminar in Oloron-Sainte-Marie on the Atlantic salmon
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Mesocosms, potential tools for management of aquatic environments
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Scientists question the notion of good ecological status
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New RBPMs effective as of 22 December 2009
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