MITIN Maritime Innovative Territories International Network
      • 05/11/2012
      • Maritime territories involved in biodiversity | Brest

          • International Meetings on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity
            November 13 and 14, 2012 | Brest
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            Over 200 participants attended the “International Meetings on Marine and Coastal Biodiversity” organized by Brest métropole océane on November 13 and 14, 2012.

            How will territorial authorities contribute to the preservation of biodiversity? What is their role with respect to national and international policies and considering a responsible environmental approach? How can we balance the protection of marine biodiversity and economic development? Shouldn’t we consider protecting biodiversity as being the key to blue growth?

            These questions gave rise to extremely interesting debates during which numerous themes were tackled: Integrated Coastal Zone Management, creation of protected marine areas, knowledge improvement, scientific cooperation, resource exploitation control and economic development...

            The meeting also made it possible to exchange experiences between countries and between maritime territories in particular, this is one of MiTiN’s goals.

            Some network representatives participated actively: Veracruz (Mexico), Rimouski (Quebec) and Comodoro Rivadavia (Argentina). Other maritime territories expressed interest in the network, namely Indonesia (Semarang University) and Côte d’Ivoire.

            Eventually, let’s not forget the active participation of Didier Babin from the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.Together, we are studying the possibility of a global partnership on marine biodiversity with the aim to reach the targets of the Nagoya conference on a sustainable ocean by 2020.

            Vidal Elias, Head of Tuxpan’s marine science park (State of Veracruz – Mexico)


            “The State of Veracruz and Brest have a long history of cooperation.

            Even so, the MITIN network will help strengthen our joint efforts regarding the management of maritime territories and increase our knowledge of coastal development.

            Within MITIN, we have joined hands with Argentina and Quebec to create a working group of territories of the American continent to examine common issues such as the impact of hydrocarbons on marine resources.”

            Lyne Morissette, St. Lawrence Global Observatory (Rimouski-Quebec)

            “Though a disparity exists between maritime territories, our issues are the same.

            The MiTiN network will help us improve information exchange and learn from each other’s experiences.

            In this context, we have created the St. Lawrence Global Observatory in Quebec and have been working towards setting up a similar observatory in Argentina.

            The network will help quicken the pace in the implementation of knowledge-acquiring tools and the management of marine resources.”



            Adjoumani Kouassi Kobenan, Ministry of Animal Resources and Fisheries (Côte d’Ivoire)

            “We came to Brest to find out more about the MiTiN network before joining it.

            The coastal area of Côte d’Ivoire is being damaged, our mangrove is disappearing and our marine animal species are threatened. International conventions exist and legal steps have been taken by our government but their implementation is met with reluctance.

            We expect a lot from a cooperation that could help us protect our coastal area, regenerate our mangroves and recreate protected marine areas.”

            Didier Babin, Senior Program Officer at the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (Montreal - Canada)

            “I was in Brest during the signing of MiTiN’s founding convention.

            Maritime communities possess numerous assets to implement the UN conventions.

            They play a key role in preserving biodiversity. We see the MiTiN network as a key partner and we proposed to formalize a convention for a global partnership.”