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Signed in Paris for a convention with the Agency of marine protected areas
Georges Handerson, Minister of Development and the Environment of the government of French Polynesia, participated in the first national symposium on marine protected areas, held in Boulogne french by the Committee for the International Union for Conservation of (IUCN) and took advantage of his visit to sign a framework agreement ave Agency of marine protected areas that will allow French Polynesia to benefit from the technical support but also the financial institution in the implementation of a policy for the preservation of the marine environment.
"Polynesia is included in the dynamics of sustainable development for a few years already, and we have made good progress in our efforts to conserve marine biodiversity, with the preparation of management plans of the maritime (PGEM), Moorea Fakarava and especially (Tuamotu).
"The agreement that we have just signed will enable us to determine a strategy for the creation and management of marine protected areas more ambitious, in partnership with the agency."
French Polynesia has a particularly rich marine environment whose preservation is part of international issues including identified at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 in Johannesburg.
However, the dispersion of its one hundred eighteen islands over an area as large as Europe makes setting up and maintaining a network of marine protected areas difficult. The assistance methodological and technical expertise of the agency will thus be very useful.
For its first edition, the symposium on marine protected areas was attended by nearly four hundred people, most of whom are researchers and scientists.
The work started brainstorming for three days (20,21,22 November 2007) have shown that including overseas must be at the center of the strategy for the protection of national marine areas.
The next conference could be held in French Polynesia in late 2009, the IUCN have responded positively to the proposal of Minister Polynesian Mr. Georges Handerson.
Signing the agreement with Mr. Jerome BIGNON, chairman of the Agency for Marine Reserves Protection
2 December, 2007 at 20:19
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