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The Agence des aires marines protégées (French Marine Protected Areas Agency) is a public organization dedicated to the protection of marine environments.
It was created by law on April 14, 2006, under the governance of the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. Its headquarters are in Brest, Brittany, at the westernmost tip of the country.
The Agency’s responsibilities include:
• supporting public policies for the creation and management of marine protected areas in waters under French jurisdiction around the globe;
• coordinating the network of marine protected areas;
• providing technical and financial support for marine nature parks;
• and reinforcing French involvement in international negotiations on the sea, notably through regional seas conventions in the Caribbean, the Northeast Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean, the South Pacific and the Antarctic.