La Réserve naturelle de Saint-Martin est une aire marine protégée de 30km2 située au nord-est de l’île de Saint-Martin. Créé en 1998, cet espace préserve les cinq principaux écosystèmes de l’île : récifs coralliens, mangroves, herbiers de phanérogames, étangs et forêt sèche littorale. La Réserve gère également les 14 étangs du Conservatoire du littoral et ses 11 km de rivages terrestres naturels.

IFRECOR Hosted By The Réserve Naturelle

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Les participants au comité national IFRECOR — IFRECOR national committee participants
Les participants au comité national IFRECOR — IFRECOR national committee participants

On June 3-7, the Réserve Naturelle hosted the 35 participants of the IFRECOR national committee (French Initiative For Coral Reefs). Created in 1999 and led by the environmental and overseas ministers, IFRECOR set out to create a policy that promotes the preservation and management of coral reefs. Saint Martin was selected to organize this important biennial event, and to showcase the island almost two years after Irma. After a first meeting at the CCISM, the working meetings took place at the Esmeralda Hotel, where the committee was staying. On the agenda: activities created by all of the local committees as well as the Réserve Naturelle of Saint Martin —as the island does not have its own IFRECOR committee at the moment— to discuss coral conservation, post-Irma shipwrecks, and a post-hurricane report about the island. As coral reefs and related flora, such as the underwater plant beds and mangroves, are threatened throughout all French overseas areas, each participant presented the current situation on their island, in each of the three oceans. At the same time, scientific experts discussed the results of their work and the actions taken

IFRECOR is the French version of the ICRI (International Coral Reef Initiative), which was created in 1994 by eight countries: Australia, France, Japan, Jamaica, The Philippines, The United Kingdom, The United States, and Sweden. The goal of the ICRI is to raise awareness among waterfront communities close to coral reefs, as well as administrative and political bodies, nautical activities, and the general public about the importance of protecting this sensitive and indispensable habitat. The ICRI is a partnership between governments, international organizations, and NGOs. The ICRI now counts more than 80 countries out of the 100 that have coral reefs along their littoral.
Meeting of the IFRECOR national committee at the CCISM
Meeting of the IFRECOR national committee at the CCISM

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To promote the conservation of the coral reefs and related species

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