Urge France to Effectively Protect Its Maritime Spaces

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Campaign launched by Ocean & Climate Platform

Call on France to strengthen its marine protected areas.

Following the international agreement at the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 15),  190 countries committed to protecting 30% of the ocean by 2030, sparking new hope for the ocean.

While France claims to be a champion of climate and biodiversity on the international stage, the current conservation policy implemented in its maritime territories is far from adequate, and undermines its international posture.

Given that France oversees the world’s second-largest maritime territory (nearly 11 million square kilometers), it has a critical responsibility to promote the health of the ocean — a crucial regulator of the climate and the largest living space on the planet.

Today, France’s government states that 33% of its maritime spaces are covered by marine protected areas (MPAs). In reality, the government actually permits industrial and extractive activities in most of these so-called “protected” areas. Such activities include aggregate mining, industrial fishing, offshore wind farms, and more.

The European Union is currently calling for an increase in the level of protection of MPAs and for the strict protection of 10% of the EU’s maritime spaces. Yet, only 4% of French maritime spaces are strictly protected as of 2022 and almost all are exclusively located in the French Southern and Antarctic Lands.

Furthermore, France does not align itself with the EU’s definition of “strict protection” and instead promotes its own “strong French protection” — one that allows extractive activities and disturbances with little to no environmental impact assessment. Meanwhile, research from the French scientific community illustrates the clear ecological, economic, and social benefits of strong levels of protection in MPAs.

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The Ocean & Climate Platform is launching a campaign to urge the French government to protect 30% of its maritime spaces by 2030 with a network of connected and effectively protected marine areas. We are also asking France to include strict protections in 10% of its maritime spaces across each maritime coastline and outermost sea basin. These new definitions of protection must be supported by the necessary human and financial resources, as well as a continued dialogue between all stakeholders to ensure that these MPAs are successfully implemented and sustained.

Aligned with scientific research findings as well as international standards and regional requirements, we call on the French government to:

  1. Adopt the definition of a marine protected area according to the global conservation standards of the IUCN and apply it to the 33% of French maritime spaces covered by MPAs.

  2. Strengthen the legal definition of “strong protection” by aligning it with the European definition of “strict protection.”

  3. Strictly protect 10% of each maritime coastline and outermost sea basin.

France is currently developing its new National Strategy for the Sea and the Coast, which must define the major policy directions for the marine environment between 2023 and 2029.

Nearly 97% of the French exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is located in its overseas territories.

Join us in urging the French government to create a true, and effective network marine protected areas, and to adopt strong definitions of protection for the future.

Our NGO supporters
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Arforisma A

I love the ocean

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Phil C

Cousteau legacy!

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María Jose B

I want to live in a protected world and have a future

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Delphine D

Bonjour Madame, Monsieur . Il y a URGENCE !!! La convention sur la biodiversité a, dans les faits, été signé, alors, il est temps de passer à l'action, conformément à vos engagements initiaux. C'est le monde de demain, celui de nos enfants à tous, qui en dépend. Nous exigeons de votre part, une avancée significative, en faveur de la biodiversité, et ce, dans les plus brefs délais ! Merci, pour l'intérêt que vous apporterez, nous n'en doutons pas, à ce plaidoyer. Veuillez, agréer, Monsieur, Madame, mes salutations distinguées. Desmaris Delphine

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Paul C

we need to protect our oceans to combat climate change

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Rebekah B

everything with the ocean is going to shambles and we need to change it

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Josh M

France should be leading by example which they have unfortunately not been doing.

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We only have one ocean. protect it now.

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Every voice matters. Progress starts when every nation is on board!

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Jill M

we need the ocean as much as all creatures that live in it

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Pamela W

I want a healthy ocean

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Fred W

I love turtles and dolphins, whales and all kinds of beautiful creatures that live in our oceans.

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Charlotte D

I want an Earth I can thrive with, not die with.

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Ian P

I sign because it appears that France must be capable of strongly increasing the attention it pays to such matters

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Bianca G

We need to care for the planet

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Dympna M

I believe we have to stand together for our planet

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Romain G


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Bidon C

l'ocean nous nourrit

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Helena D

it is so important

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Marielle d

It's too important for the world, the sea belongs to our world!

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Cristina K

É importante que estejamos atentos à proteger o espaços marinho e seus habitats . Não podemos permitir que o dinheiro e a ganância esteja acima da vida.

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Michelle B

Our iceans are extremely important and we as people need to do everything we can to save it!

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Evan P

ocean spaces are important and need to be protected. they are diverse and full of endangered and critically endangered species that we still don't understand and are on the brink of extinction.

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Caroline D

our oceans effect the whole, and there's so much more to discover and we need to be there to help all the animals that live in the ocean

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Jean L

He need to save planet.

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Your action plan

Three ways you can use your voice today to help secure 30% protection.

  1. Urge France to Effectively Protect Its Maritime Spaces

    15,338 signed.
  2. Protect Antarctica to Secure the Largest Act of Ocean Protection in History

    263,388 signed.
  3. Protect the Ocean by Supporting the High Seas Treaty

    174,772 signed.

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