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"Wetted-lands: Assessment, Techniques and Economics of Restoration,
a European program"

Launch of the W.A.T.E.R. programme in Plymouth on November 2009<

W.A.T.E.R. is born from the gathering of ten French and British organisations around a common project of restoration and development of wetted lands in Brittany and in the South of England. It is a cross-border project on each side of the Channel.

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The Channel region: a common heritage

The W.A.T.E.R. programme is therefore supported by the European Commission as part of the Interreg IV-A programme to to promote the emergence - between the French and English parties - of a space of common citizenship fostering a sense of belonging to a cross-border area, and endowed with a specific identity.

W.A.T.E.R. – Bay of Mont Saint Michel

The Châteauneuf marshlands are part of the Natura 2000 area in the Bay of Mont Saint Michel
W.A.T.E.R. involves Devon and Cornwalls in England and Morbihan, Finistère and Ille et Vilaine in Brittany. Fauna and Sustainable Development (FSD) is leader for the part of the project which deals with the restoration and management of the Châteauneuf d’Ille et Vilaine marshland in cooperation with the local hunting federation (Fédération des Chasseurs d’Ille et Vilaine) and the Foundation for the Protection of Wildlife Habitats. It is part of the integrated management of the Bay of Mont Saint Michel.

The marshlands from above

W.A.T.E.R. – Bay of Mont Saint Michel focuses on the environmental restoration of the Châteauneuf marshlands to strengthen its role of biodiversity reserve, particularly for migratory birds. The vision of the partners is not only an environmental one. Marshlands provide a range of goods and services which deliver social and economic value to the region, such as high quality extensive cattle grazing land; water filtration, reducing the costs of artificial water filtration; amenity value and an educational resource for tourists and students.

Revival of the marshlands of Châteauneuf

The W.A.T.E.R. programme is running from 2009 to 2012. It is open to all stakeholders willing to contribute: NGOs, farmers, private companies, political decision makers etc. It creates opportunities of interaction not only across the Channel but also for stakeholders who might not otherwise have the opportunity to work together.

The partners in France and in the UK

W.A.T.E.R. – Bay of Mont Saint Michel in the media

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