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Steering committee

The steering committee is made up of all of the heads of the partner networks. It oversees the general operations of the programme, and participates in identifying and selecting projects. It meets three times a year. 

The steering committee also devises a joint capacity building strategy for the managers of overseas natural areas.

Project monitoring

  • An 'opportunity sheet' is filled in and then validated by the steering committee.
  • Organisations that apply to implement a project, commit to carrying it out via a bipartite agreement signed with ATEN.
  • A project review is submitted to the steering committee, which ensures that the objectives are achieved.


There are 17 members on the steering committee (10 major networks of managers of French natural areas, 5 major nature conservation NGOs in France and 2 Ministries): RNF (French Natural Reserves), WWF, French IUCN committee, ATEN, PNF (French National Parks), LPO (Bird Protection Society), ONF (French National Forest Service), Conservatoire du littoral (French Coastal Protection Agency), Nicolas Hulot Foundation, FPNRF (Federation of French regional natural parks), ONCFS (French Hunting and Wildlife Agency), FCEN (Federation of natural area conservatories), AAMP (French Marine Protected Areas Agency), Rivages de France (French shores agency), FCBN (National Botanic Conservatories of France), MEDDE (French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, and Energy), and the MOM (French Overseas Ministry).


L'Agence française pour la biodiversité est un établissement public du ministère de la Transition écologie et solidaire. Elle exerce des missions d’appui à la mise en oeuvre des politiques publiques dans les domaines de la connaissance, la préservation, la gestion et la restauration de la biodiversité des milieux terrestres, aquatiques et marins. Elle vient en appui aux acteurs publics mais travaille également en partenariat étroit avec les acteurs socio-économiques. Elle a aussi vocation à aller à la rencontre du public pour mobiliser les citoyens en faveur de la biodiversité.


The French Natural Reserves association coordinates the network of natural reserve managers. It encourages the exchange of scientific knowledge and management experience, disseminates this information, and enhances the image of the network.


WWF is one of the most important and most experienced independent nature conservation organisations in the world. Today, it has over 5 million members, and a worldwide network that is active in more than 90 countries.


The IUCN has played a historic role in favour of protected areas. Its World Commission on Protected Areas works to promote a broad range of protected areas and gain recognition for their inherent value.


The Nicolas Hulot Foundation was founded in 1990, and works to foster a fair world with more solidarity, and respect for Nature and the well-being of people. Its mission is to propose and help bring about changes in the behaviour of individuals and society, and to support environmental initiatives in France and abroad to help our societies make their ecological transition.


ATEN is an umbrella organisation created in 1997 and renewed for 12 years in 2005.
ATEN contributes to the conservation of natural areas and natural heritage through networking and professionalisation activities for those concerned. It facilitates networking among all the stakeholders involved in the management of natural areas through continuing training, organising jobs, publications and communications, planning and assessment tools, legal advice, a technical Natura 2000 platform, and an international policy.


Founded in 2006, this public national institution works under the authority of the Ministry in charge of nature protection. The overall aim of French National Parks is to create links between national parks and strengthen their common culture, while promoting them nationally and internationally and contributing to the quality of their management.


The French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, and Energy prepares and implements government policy in the fields of sustainable development and the environment, climate, industrial security, the sea -- except marine fishing, sea farming, and naval construction and repair.


The French national government entrusts the management of public forests in the overseas departments as well as in metropolitan France to the National Forest Service. In this role, it fulfils a variety of general-interest missions. First, it protects the territory, the forest, and its biodiversity by managing natural risks. Second, it manages the production of wood, while taking account of ecological, economic and social constraints, providing visitor facilities and information for the public to raise its environmental awareness. Finally, it works as a “natural partner” for local authorities and the managers of natural areas.


Established by the law on national parks, natural marine parks, and regional natural parks (14 April 2006), the Marine Protected Areas Agency is responsible for supporting public policies aimed at creating and managing marine protected areas (in metropolitan France, overseas departments and local authorities, and in the open sea), coordinating the human and financial resources allocated to the management of natural marine parks and other MPAs, and federating and assisting MPA managers.


The LPO (Bird Protection League) was founded in 1912. It is made up of a network of local branches, linked to a national non-profit public benefit organisation established in 1986. It aims to protect avifauna, flora, and related habitats, and today has 43,500 members. It conducts scientific programmes, manages natural reserves, purchases land with a high biological value, lobbies decision makers, informs the public, and develops environmental education and activities programmes.


Founded in 1971, the Federation of French Regional Natural Parks coordinates and facilitates a network of 45 regional natural parks. These parks are implementing a joint sustainable development project, based on the protection and enhancement of their natural heritage. These vast rural areas with a high natural heritage value are threatened by rural depopulation, urbanization, and tourist pressure.


The 29 “natural area conservatories” grouped within the Federation FCEN contribute to preserving natural heritage in metropolitan France and overseas, through land tenure instruments and an approach based on agreements and contracts. Their approach is built on concertation and strong territorial attachment, through which they participate in the sustainable management of a network of natural sites.


The Conservatoire du littoral (French coastal protection agency) has been pursuing its mission for 30 years to definitively preserve natural sites along the shores of metropolitan France and its overseas territories. For that purpose, it purchases wild land, which then becomes public property that is inalienable and open to everyone.


The ONCFS (National Office for Hunting and Wildlife) is a public institution that works under the authority of the ministries of ecology and agriculture. In the Overseas Territories, its missions are the conservation of biodiversity, the development of knowledge about wild animals and their habitats, and the application of the regulations concerning the hunting of wild fauna.


Rivages de France (Shores of France) is a national association created in 1990, which brings together the stakeholders involved in the management of coastal and lake-shore natural areas, including Conservatoire du littoral sites. One major objective is to develop and facilitate the networks of coastal rangers and natural area managers in both Metropolitan France and the Overseas Territories, and also to promote best practices.


Bringing together the network of 11 officially recognised National Botanical Conservatories (CBNs), including the Mascarin CBN, which covers Réunion, Mayotte, and the Scattered Islands, the FCBN strives to coordinate the implementation of development and cooperation strategies and tools.