French Agency of Biodiversity

After President of France François Hollande announced the founding of a national agency of biodiversity, the establishment of the corresponding "Agence Française de la Biodiversité (AFB)" was adopted by the French Parliament on 18 March, 2015, as part of a far-reaching bill for the conservation of biodiversity. In the agency, communes, businesses and associations should find a place to refer to and that will combine and coordinate their activities. Apart from technical consultation, administration of national protected areas, awareness of tasks as water protection police as well as the representation of France at international committees oriented towards biodiversity will be central tasks of the agency.

The PR work aiming at the sensitisation of society to the issues of biodiversity will be an essential work area of the AFB. Throughout several areas including this one the AFB assumes the tasks of four other authorities that will be joined in the newly founded institution: These are the "Office national de l’eau et des milieux aquatiques"(Onema), the "Atelier technique des espaces naturels" (ATEN), the "Agence des aires marines protégées", as well as the representation of the "Parcs nationaux de France". It is planned to further integrate the "Office national de la chasse et de la faune sauvage".

The agency’s initial budget of 226 million euros will be used mainly for the logistical and organisational management of the abovementioned tasks as well as their repackaging. The Agency started its work on 01 January, 2017.

Website of the French Agency of Biodiversity (Agence Française de la Biodiversité, AFB) Online Version (French)

Information portal of the French Government about the establishment of the Agency of Biodiversity Online Version

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