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France's Agence des Aires Marines Protégées (marine protected area agency) is a public body established by law of 14 April 2006 and placed under the governance of the French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.

Its main missions include: supporting public policy for marine protected area establishment and management in the entire French maritime domain; leading the marine protected area network; providing marine nature parks with technical and financial support; and strengthening France's potential in international talks on the sea.

PANACHE is led by the Agence des Aires Marines Protégées. Charged with coordinating the European project, the Agency is also responsible for communication and for developing the public GIS database containing all useful information available about the Channel MPA network. The Agency is further leading on Work Package 3 of the PANACHE project aiming to strengthen coherence and foster interaction for improved marine protected area management.

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Based in the far South West of England, Cornwall Wildlife Trust are a conservation charity established in 1962 to safeguard Cornwall's wildlife and wild places.

Our work as a Partner in the PANACHE project focuses on sharing our extensive experience and participating in a range of relevant activities including;

Sharing best practice for monitoring dolphins and porpoises and developing management plans for these animals.

Sharing best practice in raising public awareness of marine protected areas, achieved through engaging public events, and by participating in larger events such as fish festivals and regattas.

Mobilizing citizen scientists through Seasearch diving surveys and Shoresearch intertidal surveys, focussing on Panache Core species, and non native species.

Analysing effectiveness of public engagement and citizen science initiatives in changing people's perceptions of Marine Protected Areas.

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Dorset Wildlife Trust is one of a partnership of 47 UK Wildlife Trusts and was one of the first to take an interest in conserving marine wildlife, establishing the Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve in 1978.  After decades of the Trust collecting information on local marine species and habitats and campaigning for greater protection , Dorset now has a number of Marine Protected Areas (including three new Marine Conservation Zones since PANACHE started), with the hope of additional sites in the next two or three years. 

Through PANACHE, the Trust's Living Seas Team are mobilising  volunteer shore-walkers and divers to help monitor how effective Dorset's MPAs are and provide evidence in support of good management measures.  We are also running a programme of public events and using our visitor centres at Kimmeridge Bay and Chesil Beach to highlight the issues affecting the marine environment.

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Located in the North Sea, on the world's busiest seaway, Dunkerque-Port is France's third largest port, and the manager and developer of the 9,000-hectare maritime-industrial zone under its control. In addition to these activities, in 2010 Dunkerque-Port was appointed main operator of the "Bancs des Flandres" Natura 2000 site's objectives documents - a unique situation in the European harbour landscape. Dunkerque-Port is involved in PANACHE as a marine protected area manager, to ensure the coherence of its action with its neighbours. Its contributions to PANACHE include establishing protocols for monitoring the seabed or socio-economic activities, conducting suitable management measures, and creating tools to raise awareness of issues affecting MPAs.

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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust is the leading nature conservation charity working exclusively across the two counties since 1961. Our vision is for the creation of living landscapes and living seas, rich in wildlife and valued by everyone. We have been active in marine conservation since 2000 and have developed a successful and highly regarded portfolio of marine projects and activities, including biodiversity and habitat survey work, developing marine policy and advocacy, working with industry and statutory authorities and inspiring people to appreciate their marine environment. Our primary involvement in the Panache project is through its MPA awareness and citizen science objective. With partners we aim to develop and increase general awareness of MPAs and build a sense of common ownership through engagement in joint citizen science programs. We will develop methods for surveying both intertidal and subtidal habitats that can be used by the local community, including divers, to actively engage in their local MPAs and develop best practice to mobilize groups and individuals to a common goal.

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Created in 1984, Ifremer (French research institute for exploitation of the sea) is a public institute of an industrial and commercial nature (EPIC). It is supervised jointly by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy.

Ifremer performs targeted applied research to address the questions posed by society (climate change effects, marine biodiversity, pollution prevention, seafood quality etc.). Results include scientific knowledge, technological innovations, and systems for ocean observation and exploration. Monitoring of the seas and coastal waters is conducted in support of public policy on management of the environment and its resources. Through expert advice, reports on studies, stock assessment surveys, and monitoring or surveillance networks of the marine environment, Ifremer provides expertise on the major scientific questions in its fields of competence and in collaboration with the professionals of the maritime world.

Ifremer, through its research work and expert advice, contributes to knowledge of the oceans and their resources, to monitoring of marine and coastal environments and to the sustainable development of marine activities. To these ends, Ifremer conceives and operates tools for observation, experimentation and monitoring, and manage the oceanographic databases. It also operates a great part of the French oceanographic research fleet, including all underwater systems and large-scale mobile facilities and equipment (seismics, penetrometer, etc.).

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The Sussex Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority is one of ten IFCAs established in 2010 from the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. Each Authority faces challenges and opportunities to meet marine fisheries and environmental duties defined in sections 153 and 154 of the Act.
The Authority's activities are influenced by seven Success Criteria and High Level Objectives developed nationally and defined in Defra guidance to all IFCAs. In `foundation building' the organisation has focused resources toward development of strategic planning, research and evidence to inform management and developing community partnerships.

The Authority oversees a team of ten staff with specialist skills, knowledge and experience in fisheries, environmental and aquaculture science, vessel operations, regulatory procedures, compliance and enforcement as well as financial and administrative functions.

The Authority's Technical Subcommittee provides a mechanism by which the specialist knowledge of members can support the development of IFCA management measures; typically byelaws.
The Authority is undertaking a review of existing byelaws and has identified and prioritised specific issues through the Subcommittee and an external consultation process. Considering appropriate evidence with community input is central to successful decision making by the Subcommittee.

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Kent Wildlife Trust (KWT) is one of 47 Wildlife Trusts in the UK and the leading conservation organisation covering the whole of Kent and Medway, dedicated to protecting wildlife and wild habitats for everyone to enjoy.

"We are leading on the intertidal surveys part of the PANACHE Citizen Science programme, running several `Shoresearch' surveys around the Kent coast throughout the year, and developing best practice with our PANACHE partners. The surveys give volunteers the opportunity to take part in meaningful practical and scientific data collection. This data helps to identify areas in need of protection and to identify changes over time.

We are also very much involved in the other PANACHE Citizen Science elements which engage divers in underwater surveys, and involve the general public and others in Marine Protected Areas. Kent has just 2 new Marine Conservation Zones along its stretch of the channel and is working hard to ensure more areas gain much needed protection."

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The Marine Institute is based in Plymouth University, in south west England, and supports a pool of world-leading experts in the area of marine resource sustainability. Staff at the MI are leading on Work Package 1 (assessing ecological coherence of the MPA network) and Work Package 2 (developing a coherent approach to MPA monitoring), and bring expertise in the planning, management and monitoring of MPAs.

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Nausicaá, the French National Sea Centre, is much more than a mere aquarium. Entertaining, educational and scientific, NAUSICAA is a unique centre for learning about the marine environment, focusing mainly on the relationship between Man and the Sea. With 36,000 animals, its giant aquariums, 5,000 sq of exhibition, underwater exploration, and the very latest technology used to create the most magical of settings, it has everything needed to fire the imagination. NAUSICAA's specific explanations, its specialised multimedia library, films, temporary exhibitions, conferences, educational programmes, are designed to improve our understanding. Indeed, NAUSICAA's mission is to raise public awareness about the need to manage the oceans and their resources in a sustainable way. That's the reason why the French National Sea Experience Centre was recognised as the first Centre of Excellence in 1999 by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO.

From July 2013, visitors to NAUSICAA can find a new area dedicated to biodiversity and protected marine areas. The public can thus gain a clearer understanding of the importance of these protected areas, which play a key role in marine balance and the preservation of biodiversity. NAUSICAA refers particularly to the setting-up of the Picardie's estuaries and Opal Sea Marine Nature Park.

As an active partner of the PANACHE programme, Nausicaá organizes forums for young French and British people. By meeting experts with differing points of view, the youngsters are then able to get a practical idea of setting up a marine park and become involved themselves in introducing positive concerted actions. As part of the project, NAUSICAA is responsible for raising awareness of experts, stakeholders, young people and educative partners as well as the public, particularly through participative science: to find out more, click here.

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The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten the environment.

It is the largest wildlife conservation organisation in Europe with over one million members. Wildlife and the environment face many threats. The RSPB work is focussed on the species and habitats that are in the greatest danger. It is driven by the passionate belief that:

  • birds and wildlife enrich people's lives,
  • the health of bird populations is indicative of the health of the planet, on which the future of the human race depends,
  • we all have a responsibility to protect wildlife.

The RSPB has been involved with the monitoring of seabirds near MPAs in south west England through using a small army of volunteers. This has involved regular sea watching in winter months and close to nesting colonies during the spring breeding season.

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Launched on 23 November 1961, WWF-UK was the first National Organisation in the WWF network. Today they have offices in England, Scotland and Wales. They are a registered charity - most of their income comes from voluntary sources, such as their dedicated members, supporters and the business community. Their 300+ staff work with governments, businesses and communities both in the UK and around the world.

"We use our experience, credibility and influence to help create long-term solutions to global threats to people and nature - such as climate change, the peril to endangered species and habitats, and the unsustainable consumption of the world's natural resources."

WWF is very interested in the Panache project primarily because it is working at a trans-national and trans-boundary level in its work which looks at the management and effectiveness of the marine protected areas in the Channel region.

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