Aside from the protected area management presented above, a large number of players and partners contribute to the protection and sustainable management of marine and coastal biodiversity in the French West Indies and Guyana.
Directorate of the Environment, Planning and Housing (DEAL) in Guadeloupe, Guyana and Martinique
January 1st, 2011 saw the creation of the Directorate of the Environment, Planning and Housing (DEAL). It originated from the merger of the DDE (Departmental Directorate of Equipment), the DIREN (Environment Directorate), a part of the DRIRE (Regional Directorate for Industry, Research and the environment), the Office of Environment of the Prefecture and the Police of Water of DAF (Department of Agriculture and Forestry). This newly created Directorate will exercise missions within both departmental and regional expertise.
The websites of the three DEAL:
Agence des Aires Marines Protégées (AAMP) Agency for Marine Protected Areas - French Antilles
Public establishment of an administrative nature created in 2006 and placed under the governance of the Ministry of Ecology, its main assignments are to run the Marine Protected Areas network, to promote and support the creation and management of marine protected areas in the entirety of French maritime waters, in the interests of good management. www.aires-marines.fr.
The local office of the AAMP in the French Antilles is based in Guadeloupe and is coordinated by the Director of the National Park of Guadeloupe. The Antilles office is in charge of the management of AGOA sanctuary for marine mammals, as well as the proposed natural marine park in Martinique, where a dedicated team has been set up locally.
Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune sauvage (ONCFS) [French National Hunting and Wildlife Agency]
This public institution is in charge of information on wild fauna and its habitats, the hunting and environmental police and technical support for political decision makers, developers and countryside managers. It comes under the double authority of the French Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and the Sea and the French Ministry of Agriculture. www.oncfs.gouv.fr/
Office National des Forêts (ONF) [French National Forestry Board]
The Office National des Forêts is a French public institution in charge of managing public forests, under the authority of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishing and the French Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Town and Country Planning. Within this management framework, the ONF ensures three main missions: timber management, welcoming the public and protecting land and forest. It also provides services for managing and preserving natural areas, including wetlands and mangrove swamps. www.onf.fr
A number of associations also work towards protecting biodiversity in the French West Indies and Guyana. The following associations are specifically focus on marine mammals and sea turtles:
AMAZONA: Ornithological association of Guadeloupe, Amazona leads inventory and counting actions of birds in the archipelago of Guadeloupe, and is also actively involved in environmental awareness operations. www.amazona-guadeloupe.com
AET: Association Evasion Tropicale: this association is based in Guadeloupe (1992) and is specialised in the study, census and protection of sea turtles and cetaceans in the Caribbean area. www.evasiontropicale.org
BREACH: this association is based in Guadeloupe and aims to protect, raise awareness, gain knowledge of and study marine mammals. www.breach.fr
MON ECOLE MA BALEINE : Mon Ecole Ma Baleine is an association which objective is to develop with schools and the public a better knowledge of marine mammals, their environment of life and the means to protect them. The educational and playful tools are downloadable and free, in French and for some in English and Spanish. www.monecolemabaleine.org.
OCETAM Observatory of cetaceans of Martinique. The association's goal is to work for the knowledge and the protection of marine mammals and their environment.
OMMAG is a network made up of various people who are likely to observe cetaceans around the Guadelupian archipelago : divers, fishermen, skippers, guards, amateur yachtsmen, scientists, ocean lovers. These observations can be made at sea or from the shore. At present, the organization consists of more than 180 observers. www.ommag.info
SEPANMAR: Société pour l'Etude, la Protection et l'Aménagement de la Nature en Martinique [Society for the Study, Protection, Management of Nature in Martinique]. This association was created in 1971 and coordinates sea turtle conservation programmes in Martinique, as well as being a very active cetacean monitoring contributor. http://sepanmar.org
KAP’NATIREL: is a Guadeloupian association created in 2003 for the study and protection of sea turtles, whose missions are now spreading to other groups including sharks, with an objective of networking. KAP'NATIREL coordinated until February 2009 the network of Marine Turtles of Guadeloupe, itself attached to the information network on marine turtles Overseas (réseau d’information sur les tortues marines d’Outremer) and to WIDECAST, www.reseau-tortues-marines.org.
KWATA: French Guyana association for the study and protection of nature, created in 1994 and whose main missions are the conservation of endangered species, environmental expertise and environmental education: www.kwata.net
The WWF branch in Guyana notably works on the sustainable management of natural resources on the Plateau des Guyanes, sea turtle protection and recovery (it coordinates the Tortues Marines de Guyane network), and environmental awareness. http://guyane.wwf.fr/
Sea turtle conservation networks have also been created in Martinique, Guadeloupe and Guyana
Réseau Tortues Marines de Guadeloupe [Sea Turtle Network in Guadeloupe]: this network was created in 1999, bringing together different associations, private structures and public institutions in Guadeloupe, and implements the sea turtle conservation programme. It is coordinated since February 2009 by the ONCFS as appointed by the DEAL de Guadeloupe. www.tortuesmarinesguadeloupe.org
Réseau Tortues Marines de Guyane [Sea Turtle Network in Guyana]: this network brings together different Guyanese partners and implements the sea turtle conservation programme. It is coordinated by the WWF. www.tortuesmarinesguyane.com
Réseau Tortues Marines de Martinique [Sea Turtle Network in Martinique]: coordinated by the association SEPANMAR, this network brings together different associations, private structures and public institutions in Martinique and implements the sea turtle conservation programme. www.reseau-tortues-marines.org
These networks work with WIDECAST , the Caribbean sea turtle conservation network.