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Urge France to Effectively Protect its Maritime Spaces

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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.

Corsica
French Polynesia
Brittany
New Caledonia

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 of marine protected areas — and to adopt strong definitions of protection for the future.

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Sinclair C

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Stephanie M

common sense says so

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Krysten B

it’s one of the single most important things we could do now, for our future

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Weil in den Meeren je alles Leben begann

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Nous n'héritons pas de la terre de nos ancêtres, nous l'empruntons à nos enfants. - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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Michael W

France got following E.U

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Paul G

The ocean can be an enormous help with climate change and biodiversity loss, or it can make things worse. The choice is no choice. Please do this.

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Eamon M

France makes enough money from tourism protect the seas and expand this.

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Paddy C

The future of our seas and its biodiversity is crucial for mankind ! All of mankind will suffer from the distruction taking place in the greed of som…

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Steve L

i am signing because the oceans are our lifeblood and without their full health we will die

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Anessa B

Our oceans are so vital to our health as a species. Please do your part, France. Adopt the definition of a marine protected area according to the gl…

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Linda K

We all need to do our part. That's all the different countries. If these places are not protected then they will be ruined and die out because of all…

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Francis D

industry and modern society us cause irreparable damage to our seas and ocean's

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Ellie B

it matters

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jim t

maritime spaces must be protected

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Tomasz G

let's develop the hydrogen industry

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Jean L

simply in my heart I know it is the right thing to do. I love the ocean and everything that live in it.❤️Keep up the good fight.👏👏👏👏👏

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Margaret C

For the future of our Planet

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Jurga K

Please protect nature, care more about long term future, our kids future, prsent GDP its not us important as future of our kids... it matters to me

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Alexis McGroarty

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Gerard Baggott

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Ulrike M

I'm signing because the protection of marine life is vital for ALL life on earth and thus it's EVERYBODY's responisibility.

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Phena C

I love the seas and oceans

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Ellen F

we need to protect all seas

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Kathleen K

I recently visited and I believe France as well as all other nations need to protect our seas and oceans. We are losing species at an alarming rate.

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