THE CONSERVATOIRE DU LITTORAL, FRENCH COASTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
Aware of the ecological, social, economic and cultural importance of its coastline, France has chosen to preserve a large part of the natural coastal areas and make them accessible to all. In 1975, the State decided to create the Conservatoire du littoral, a public establishment under the supervision of the Ministry of Ecology, which conducts a land policy aimed at the definitive protection of natural spaces and landscapes of maritime and lake shores. The organization can intervene in the coastal districts of metropolitan France and overseas, as well as in communities bordering estuaries and deltas and lakes of more than 1,000 hectares. Its objectives: the preservation of natural environments and remarkable and endangered landscapes, access and reception of the public with respect for the sites in order to raise public awareness of environmental preservation, the implementation of sustainable development practices for all activities on the sites (agriculture, heritage management, etc.), or the stability of coastlines and the consideration of climate change through reasoned management with local partners. The Conservatoire du littoral owns the sites it acquires and entrusts their management to other public or private bodies (regions, departments, local authorities, mixed syndicates, associations, etc.) which employ the guardians responsible for maintaining the sites, enhancing them and assisting the public.
In addition, the Conservatoire du littoral develops cooperative actions on an international scale, based on the values and management principles that it promotes and encourages in France. The European and International Department strives to share the practices implemented in France in terms of coastal preservation, mainly on the regional maritime coasts where France is present (first of all with the countries bordering the Mediterranean). The strength and specificity of the international initiative carried by the institution is to accompany the development of its partners by implementing concrete projects on pilot sites, both on an institutional and technical level. As the coastal issues are extremely diverse, the Conservatory is mainly dedicated to supporting its partner countries in the implementation of territorial policies and strategies based on Integrated Coastal Zone Management. It also works on the implementation of actions to promote and develop ecosystems and natural environments, primarily wetlands and small islands. The intervention strategy for the European and international activity of the Conservatory can be summarized in a vision: “Working together for the development of Integrated Coastal Zone Management policies and acting for more and better managed protected coastal areas”.
The Rhone-Mediterranean-Corsica Water Agency
The water agency is a public establishment of the State under the supervision of the Ministry of the Environment, whose mission is to restore the good state of water and aquatic environments. In application of the polluter-pays principle, it collects taxes paid by all users: households, local authorities, industry and farmers, according to the volumes they withdraw and the pollution they discharge. The money thus collected is reinvested in local authorities, industry, farmers and associations that act to improve the quality of water and the environment: improve sanitation systems, reduce pollution by toxic substances, save and share water, recover water quality from catchment areas degraded by diffuse pollution (pesticides and nitrates), preserve strategic resources for drinking water, restore the natural functioning of rivers, marine environments and degraded or threatened wetlands, etc. The water agency is acting within the framework of a 2019-2024 intervention program which sets the main priorities for action for 6 years. The agency has an annual aid capacity of about 440 M€ and employs 330 people.
The Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolitan
Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the voice of the 115,000 companies in Aix-Marseille-Provence and supports their projects. As a natural partner of the company, it works daily to offer them the keys that will enable them to improve their performance and develop their turnover. Pursuing this objective, the CCIAMP stimulates, accompanies and promotes the transformation of the territory to international standards and major metropolitan projects. It also supports the sectors of excellence and encourages innovation by companies and the region.
Committed to the key areas of the environment and biodiversity, the CCIAMP assumes its vocation on a daily basis: contributing to the influence of companies in these sectors, helping them to improve their performance and develop their business.
With the hosting of the World Conservation Congress, it is important for our territory to stand out, to develop economic opportunities and to enhance the value of companies in the sector. It is in this spirit that the Aix-Marseille-Provence Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry wanted to bring the ICO Solutions event alongside the Conservatoire du Littoral and the Water Agency. It is a unique opportunity to encourage the decompartmentalization of the sector in order to encourage innovation and the promotion of concrete and sustainable solutions. Our companies can indeed be key players in this transformation and these stakes by proposing offers, services, adapted, resilient and efficient solutions. ICO Solutions thus constitutes a gateway to encourage the economic development of our companies and the deployment of innovative projects.
THE SMALL MEDITERRANEAN ISLANDS INITIATIVE (PIM INITIATIVE NGO)
Programme initiated in 2005 by the Conservatoire du littoral, the PIM Initiative became an independent international NGO in 2017, continuing its promotion and assistance activities in the management of Mediterranean island . Its objective is the preservation of these micro-territories through the implementation of concrete actions in the field, by promoting the sharing of know-how and expertise between conservationists and specialists in the Mediterranean basin. Its approach gives priority to simple and pragmatic solutions. Organising meetings and promoting dialogue between nature conservation players, capitalising on and promoting know-how and expertise are the guiding principles of its action.
THE SMALL ISLAND ORGANIZATION (SMILO ONG)
Launched in 2014 by the Conservatoire du littoral and officially established in 2016 as an NGO of the same name, the objectives of SMILO to support small islands measuring less than 150 km² that wish to adopt a more sustainable way of managing their territory. Its field of action covers various transversal themes such as water, sanitation, waste, energy, biodiversity, landscapes and island heritage, in order to initiate integrated territorial projects, in collaboration with all stakeholders on an island.
Sulubaai Environmental Foundation is a French-Philippine association created in 2012 with the aim of restoring coral reefs, protecting biodiversity and regenerating the oceans’ fishing resources. Also, awareness raising, education for ecological restoration, sustainable and economic development to help isolated populations.
Our foundation is developing its program and actions on the island of Pangatalan in the Philippines, recognized as a scientific and educational platform.
Our site is labeled: Sustainable Island SMILO, Biosphere Sustainable Tourism RTI, Zero Carbon Resort PCSD, Hope Spot Mission Blue.
The idea stems from a simple observation: many young fish present in the harbors are confronted with a lack of natural habitat. Indeed, in their life cycle, young fish return to the coast and seek a habitat favourable to their development (nursery). However, this habitat is often degraded by human constructions: it is therefore necessary to act!
Ecocean has developed 2 ecological restoration solutions: 1/ artificial nurseries called BIOHUT®, easy to install, discreet and efficient 2/ a solution for fishing, rearing and restocking young fish called BIORESTORE®.
Financial and institutionnal partners
THE CITY OF MARSEILLE
Historically open to the world and cultivating a long tradition of hospitality, Marseille is a leading European and Mediterranean metropolis by developing its image and areas of excellence internationally. This popularity is also due to the increasing number of international fact-finding missions, with the aim of sharing its experience in various fields, particularly the sustainable development of its territory.
THE FRENCH FACILITY FOR GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT (FFEM)
At the service of the French cooperation and development policy for the protection of the global environment, the French Facility for Global Environment provides grants to sustainable development projects in areas relevant to the multilateral agreements on the environment signed by France, with the aim of preserving biodiversity, the climate, international waters, land, the ozone layer, and the fight against chemical pollution. The FFEM learns lessons from these pilot projects so that the most effective solutions can be deployed in other locations or on a larger scale.