The Conservatoire du littoral celebrates fourty years of its action all along 2015. This year also matches with other Anniversaries of organizations involved in coastal conservation, i.e. fifty years of the National Trust programme "Neptune", forty years of the United Nations Environment Programme/Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP), thirty years of the Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas (RAC/SPA), twenty years of the French GEF and the Tunisian Coastal Protection Agency, ten years of the PIM Initiative for Mediterranean Small Islands, and, finally, the launching of the Coastal Agency of Montenegro.

To mark these symbolic Anniversaries, as well as the Mediterranean Coast Day (a PAP/RAC initiative celebrated each year on September 25th), the Conservatoire du littoral organizes a Meeting of Coastal Agencies from Europe and the Mediterranean, on September 24th and 25th 2015 to be held in Antibes Juan les Pins and Vallauris (Maritim Alps – France). This event will be organized in partnership with the French Ministry in charge of Ecology, the French Ministry in charge of Foreign affairs, MAP, PAP/RAC, the Blue Plan/RAC, the Cities of Antibes Juan les Pins and Vallauris, the Department Council of Maritim Alps, the Agence Française de Développement, the French Water Agency RMC, and the French GEF. The meeting is primariliy intended for the Mediterranean and European stakeholders involved in the protection of coastal areas, namely: governments, local authorities, coastal management agencies, NGOs and specialized networks. It will be the opportunity to interact, through plenary sessions, workshops and roundtables on major issues such as climate change, naturalness, coastal planning, and partnership issues dealing with management of coastal areas.

In parallel, the Agence Française de Développement and the Blue Plan organize on September 24th 2015 in Antibes a regional workshop on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) in the Mediterranean. More precisely, the workshop aims to discuss the ICZM-related objectives of the AFD/Blue Plan partnership, including (i) the integration of social and environmental issues within the management process engaged on coastal areas, and (ii) the operationnalization of strategic recommendations proposed in the frame of a balanced development of these territories.


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For sponsored participants :

Lodging expenses (room and breakfast) will be taken care by the organizers. Please, note that personal expenses (telephones, mini bar, etc.) are not covered and should be paid for by each guest before departure, at the hotel reception.

Information about hotel in which the participant will be accommodated will be sent timely to the participant by e-mail.

For the other participants :

Rooms at a negotiated rate have been pre-booked through the Tourism Office of Antibes Juan les Pins, in hotels located near the Conference place.

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Visa regulations and ticket issuance

Visa regulations

The participants coming from the countries that require French visa are kindly invited to take necessary steps at the nearest French Embassy in their country of residence. The organizers will try to facilitate the issue of the relative visas (nominative letter...). Nevertheless , the final responsibility to obtain any required visa shall rest with the individual participant.

Ticket issuance (for sponsored participants only) :

The organisers will propose to participant a suitable travel itinerary. After the acceptance of the travel routing from the participant, the organisers will issue the tickets and e-mail the electronic ticket number to the participant. In case that the participant needs a visa to enter France, the ticket will be issued only after the issuing of the visa.


The participants are kindly requested to make their own arrangments regarding their arrival in Antibes Juan les Pins.


- Highway A8, la Provençale, exit n° 44.
- RD 6007.
- RD 6098.


Nice airport is located at 25 kilometers from Antibes Juan les Pins City center.

To join Antibes from Nice airport :
- Bus : dedicated zone located inTerminal 1 or in front of the Terminal 2. N° 250 express (indicative costs : 10€ one way, 15€ round trip)
- train : bus n° 23 in the dedicated zone near the terminal 1 till the St Augustin trains station, then regional train with stop in Antibes train station and Juan-les-Pins train station.


Three train stations in Antibes Juan-les-Pins :

- Train station of Biot,
- Train station of Antibes Centre,
- Train station of Juan-les-Pins.

For more information : 0800 11 40 23 (toll free hotline) or


Allo taxis : telephone : +33 (0)4 93 67 67 67



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Electrical supply

In France, the electrical voltage is 220 V / 50 Hz – standard European 2-point plugs.


Tourist information


The meeting will be held in different places in Antibes Juan les Pins : plenary sessions in the Palais des Congrès, technical workshops in the Batterie du Graillon, Anniversaries-cocktail in the Villa Eilenroc. The site visit will be held in a natural area nearby the place of the meeting.


Welcoming of participants

9:00 – 9:25

Opening of the Meeting

09:25 - 09:30

Short film

09:30 - 09:50

The Coastal areas in the World

09:50 - 10:20

Coastal areas in Mediterranean and in Europe...territories to be preserved
- Presentation of the issues of the Mediterranean coasts
- Assessment of the coastal conservation in Europe

10:20 - 10:30

Short film

10:30 - 10:50

State of knowledge on legal instruments and practices in Europe, Mediterranean and elsewhere

10:50 – 11:15

To accompany and support strategies and project of coastal conservation : financial tools and mecanisms

11:15 - 12:15

Future stakes and actual questioning : presentation of the four workshop themes
Transfer to the Batterie du Graillon and lunch

14:20 - 15:50

Parallel workshops
1 - Coastline : how to adapt facing climate changes ?
2 - Reify the ICZM : practices and tools for integrated planning of coastal areas

15:50 - 16:10


16:10 - 17:40

Parallel workshops
3 - Sustainable management of biodiversity : from Nature gardening to naturalness...
4 - Building together a new model of coastal conservation : governance, partnerships and comanagement


End of the exchanges


Anniversaries-Cocktail (Villa Eilenroc in Antibes)


Welcoming of participants

09:00 -09 :30

Opening of the Coast Day

09-30- 10:15

Synthesis of the 4 workshops and of the Workshop on ICZM in the Mediterranean (AFD/Blue Plan)

10:15 - 10:40

Exchanges with the audience

10:40 - 11:45

Round-table about the future of coastal conservation


End of the meeting and departure for the site visit

13:00 - 14:00

Lunch on the site

14:00 - 15:00

Speeches, submission of the Antibes declaration to the French Ambassador for Environment and signatures of partnership agreements

15:00 - 16:00

Site visit


End of the Meeting and departure of participants


WORKSHOP 1 - Coastline : how to adapt facing climate changes ?

The coastal areas are subject to many pressures, which tend to increase over time. Tourist pressure, densification of urbanization, intensive land use at the expense of natural areas and agricultural lands, coastal areas are highly coveted. If sea level rise changes perniciously and continuously, the exceptional meteorological events, particularly violent in recent years, have marked our minds. Facing climate changes, it is necessary to plan and prepare the stakeholders to change our modes of intervention on the coasts and to communicate the importance of the role played by natural coastal areas into adaptation strategies to climate change. What are the roles of stakeholders and coastal agencies in the processes of global awareness and decision support? What strategies and practices must be implemented to anticipate and integrate these changes impacting coastal areas?

WORKSHOP 2 - Reify the ICZM : practices and tools for integrated planning of coastal areas

For over 20 years, the integrated coastal zone management is at the heart of the debate for stakeholders involved in coastal conservation. Generally scope until then in short-term projects, aiming to improve and disseminate knowledge on the concept and the establishment of multi- stakeholder platforms , ICZM is about to become a structuring part of public policies. Now with a Mediterranean protocol , first worldwide of its kind and effective , national strategies and references in many European texts , integrated coastal management is evolving from concept to action through the effective implementation of concrete tools . Are they enough numerous ? Are all the aspects of ICZM covered? Return on experience is necessary to assess the efficiency of these new inclusive practices .

WORKSHOP 3 - Sustainable management of biodiversity : from Nature gardening to naturalness...

In a context of natural resource depletion, environmental and socio-economic crisis, the necessary issue of ecological and economic sustainability management practices is raising. Protected area managers are caught between two options: (1) the principle of naturalness that invites the community to leave ecosystems to their "natural" evolution and (2) the principle of active intervention aiming to control the evolutionary trajectories of ecosystems and to manage them to maintain or enhance biodiversity by developing restoration and ecological engineering programs. Regarding the new challenges of invasive alien species, coastal overcrowding, overuse of resources and loss of biodiversity, toward which management way of intervention must work the Coastal Agencies of Europe and Mediterranean ? What are the lost battles at this point, and those on which we have to focus? Should we continue to actively intervene and how, and if so, what are the priorities for our natural coastal sites?

WORSHOP 4 - Building together a new model of coastal conservation : governance, partnerships and co-management

Coastal agencies are dealing with management of natural areas sheltering an ecological heritage of great interest and having great assets for economic and social development. These areas are often coveted and are the subject of intense activities. The stakes and issues are diverse and the sets of stakeholders are often complex and antagonists with sustainable development imperatives, that should guide the management of vulnerable territories. The management of a territory, as natural as it is, requires skills and prerogatives that often exceed those of the only managers. However, many skills, resources, means and know-how revolve around the sites, and can be valued for the benefit of a collective and sustainable management of coastal areas. How can we manage these territories in a concerted and complementary way between players with divergent issues and visions?


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Recommendations to participants on "green behaviour"

In order to make our meeting as sustainable as possible, here are some practical advices on "green behaviour", which you are kindly requested to respect:

  • Print only what you need before travelling;
  • Use public transport (airport – hotel and vv.) as much as possible;
  • Turn off any lights, TV, air conditioner or heater when you leave your hotel room for the day;
  • If the hotel offers this service, take the energy-saving option of not having sheets and towels changed every day. And make sure it is enforced. If not, talk to the hotel managers;
  • Recycle your waste: bottles, cans, paper, etc. where this option exists.