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16 October 2019

The Pelagos Agreement Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

From left to right:  Armelle Roudaut-Lafon, Director of Maritime Affairs of the Principality of Monaco and Representative of the Monegasque Party to the Pelagos Agreement;  Alain Barcelo, Head of the Heritage Knowledge Department of the Port-Cros National Park and President of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the Pelagos Agreement;  Rémi Méjecaze, Assistant to the Deputy Director for the Protection and Restoration of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems (Ministry of Ecological and Solidary Transition) and Representative of the French Party to the Pelagos Agreement;  Marc Duncombe, Director of the Port-Cros National Park;  Cyril Gomez, Director General of the Ministry of Public Works, the Environment and Urban Development of Monaco and President of the Meeting of the Parties to the Pelagos Agreement;  Giuseppe Bonelli, Captain of the Italian Coast Guard Corps Vessel;  Costanza Favilli, Executive Secretary of the Pelagos Agreement;  Thierry Duchesne, Deputy Maritime Prefect of the Mediterranean;  Laurent Isnard, Maritime Prefect of the Mediterranean and Jean-Pierre Tuveri, Mayor of Saint-Tropez.

On 11 October 2019, the Maritime Prefect of the Mediterranean, Vice-Admiral Laurent Isnard, invited the Parties to the Pelagos Agreement to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the signing of the Agreement, at his residence at Fort de Cap Brun in Toulon.

The ceremony was opened by the Maritime Prefect and punctuated by speeches by the Authorities of the Pelagos Agreement.  This event, which was held following a meeting of the French Party's National Sanctuary Committee, was an opportunity to review activities and the objectives achieved, particularly with regard to scientific research and action taken in association with local administrations in the Sanctuary area.  It was also an opportunity to open up future prospects for strengthening this Agreement.

The ceremony took place in the presence of representatives from the various entities that work in the Sanctuary.

At this event, Costanza Favilli, who was recently appointed Executive Secretary of the Agreement, gave an update on the Work Programme and future activities at the tripartite level.

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