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French Natura 2000 network - Channel North Sea

Sea basin


Habitats: coastal/offshore

Single MPA or MPA network

Designation type

 Size (km2)

North East Atlantic Ocean


Coastal and offshore

MPA network

Natura 2000

10 900 km²

Main pressures on the environment


Fishing and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

Maritime traffic

Tourism and recreation

Dredging and dumping

Climate change

Coastal erosion

Main Challenges

Within the 38 MPAs of the French part of the North Sea, a key challenge is the inclusion of all relevant stakeholders in the development and application of management measures. A secondary challenge is the monitoring and assessment of the efficiency of the management measures.


French Office for Biodiversity

Maella Sicard