First meeting of the National Committee for Monitoring Marine Protected Areas

The first meeting of the National Committee for the Monitoring of Marine Protected Areas was held on Friday, April 5, 2019 at the Ministry of State. This body is composed of representatives of the State, the Prince Albert II Foundation, the Oceanographic Institute, the Monaco Scientific Center and the Environmental and Maritime Affairs Departments.

The governance of the Marine Protected Areas of the Principality is entrusted to this Monitoring Committee, which defines the main directions of the management of these Areas, to a Coordination Group for MPAs, which aims to facilitate the implementation of these guidelines. and to a manager, the Monegasque Association for the Protection of Nature, which deploys, on a daily basis, action programs aimed at preserving the environment of MPAs.

National Committee Monitoring Marine Protected Areas - Top, from left to right: Christophe Cauvin, Technical Advisor of the Department of the Interior, HE Bernard Fautrier Vice President and Managing Director of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Robert Calcagno, Director General of the Oceanographic Institute, Prince Albert I Foundation, Prince of Monaco. Second row, from left to right: Cyril Gomez, General Director of the Equipment, Environment and Urbanism Department, Isabelle Assenza, Secretary General of the Finance and Economy Department, Armelle Roudaut-Lafon, Director of Maritime Affairs, Raphael Simonet Head of Division at Olivier Dufourneaud Director of the Oceanographic Institute. In the foreground: Jacqueline Gautier-Debernardi, Director of AMPN (Monegasque Association for the Protection of Nature) and Professor Denis Allemand, Scientific Director of the Monaco Scientific Center. © Directorate of Communication / Manuel Vitali
National Committee Monitoring Marine Protected Areas – Top, from left to right: Christophe Cauvin, Technical Advisor of the Department of the Interior, HE Bernard Fautrier Vice President and Managing Director of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, Robert Calcagno, Director General of the Oceanographic Institute, Prince Albert I Foundation, Prince of Monaco. Second row, from left to right: Cyril Gomez, General Director of the Equipment, Environment and Urbanism Department, Isabelle Assenza, Secretary General of the Finance and Economy Department, Armelle Roudaut-Lafon, Director of Maritime Affairs, Raphael Simonet Head of Division at Olivier Dufourneaud Director of the Oceanographic Institute. In the foreground: Jacqueline Gautier-Debernardi, Director of AMPN (Monegasque Association for the Protection of Nature) and Professor Denis Allemand, Scientific Director of the Monaco Scientific Center. © Directorate of Communication / Manuel Vitali

The Principality has two Marine Protected Areas:

• The marine area of ​​Larvotto, mainly for the conservation and enhancement of a Posidonia meadow. It covers an area between the shoreline and approximately 600 m offshore, its area is 33.6 ha, of which 23 ha are classified as Ramsar, named after the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance.

• The marine area of ​​the Spélugues’ fall, which contains coralligenous formations and numerous habitats and emblematic species (red coral, sponge, sea urchin diadems, large pearls).

During this meeting, several topics were discussed, such as communication and awareness-raising actions on these spaces that are important to preserve. It is in this spirit that a first five-year plan for protection management and scientific research in these marine areas of the Principality will be defined and implemented by the AMPN.

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