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French Outreach Autumn 2012

Posted by Ashley Clarke on 13/12/12 00:00 AM

Outreach on the PISCES project and the final PISCES guide in France saw a very busy autumn season. The project was well represented at five major marine events including the International Meeting on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity held in Brest, Brittany, under the patronage of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity.

In September we presented at the 3rd Cross-Channel forum organized by CAMIS (Channel Arc Manche Integrated Strategy), a Franco-British project, co-funded by the Interreg IV A France (Channel) – England European programme. Bringing together 19 French and British partners from across the Channel, CAMIS aims to develop and promote the implementation of an integrated maritime strategy in the Channel area. Dr. Daria Siciliano was invited to present the PISCES project and announce the imminent release of the PISCES guide.

The following week, we presented PISCES and the good work accomplished by our stakeholders at the Land-Ocean Connectivity conference, held in Brittany, France, After a “speed” presentation of the PISCES project to the group, we had useful exchanges with marine scientists, managers and marine economists.

In October, PISCES stakeholder Francois Huber attended Sea Tech Week, the International Marine Science and Technology Week held in Brest, Brittany. For its 2012 event, Sea Tech Week devoted a large part of its work to renewable marine energy, which attracted many top international experts. It’s of particular importance for Brest and the Brittany Region, and therefore for our PISCES project area. Francois attended sessions at the conference and was able to connect with some of the participants and discuss the PISCES project and his involvement as a marine renewable energy stakeholder.

In November, we presented at the International Meeting on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity held in Brest, Brittany, under the patronage of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity. We presented PISCES at the session on “The approach of biodiversity preservation known as the ‘Marine and coastal resources management’: an equilibrium between regulation of the resources exploitation and appraisal of resources”. The session was kicked off by a presentation by Luis Valdes, Head of the Intergovernment Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO. There was strong representation from the marine industry including marine scientists and managers and the French government (the Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Delphine Batho, was the keynote speaker on the first day.)

In early December, PISCES was showcased at the MAIA conference in Arcachon, France via where our PISCES posters and guides were available for participants to peruse. This was the first Conference of the Atlantic Arc Marine Protected Areas Network, organised by the Agence des Aires Marines Protégées (French MPA Agency). The aim of the conference was to promote the development of a well-managed MPA network in the Atlantic and to formally launch the MAIA network, extending it to the Atlantic region as a whole.

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