The mission of the French Biodiversity Agency (OFB) is to accompany and provide support to public, private and civil society actors in the conception, implementation and evaluation of public policies.
The French Biodiversity Agency (OFB) covers the entire territory, including the mainland France and its Overseas territories as well, from international to local level.
With its stronger territorial presence, OFB is at the heart of a network of biodiversity stakeholders which includes local authorities, local State administrations, companies, research organisations, non-governmental organisations, nature “users” and citizens.
The French Biodiversity Agency ensures the management of different protected area categories (marine nature parks, marine mammal sanctuary, nature reserves, hunting and wildlife reserves …). OFB also provides support to the 11 integrated national parks, and to other protected areas managers as well, to the technical coordination of the network of marine protected areas managers and to the French protected areas Conference. Furthermore, OFB coordinates the 11 national botanical conservancies.
On the international stage, the French Biodiversity Agency provides technical and scientific support for the implementation of major multilateral environmental agreements, including the CBD, the CITES, the AEWA, Regional Sea Conventions, and European directives as well.
OFB also develops expertise inside international partnerships and is involved in various cooperation projects.
To address biodiversity protection issues in local territories, OFB is involved in the creation and coordination of the network of Regional Biodiversity Agencies, alongside the regional authorities, water agencies and local State administrations.
The French Biodiversity Agency also supports numerous partnerships with local authorities in order to engage them into initiatives as the “Territoires Engagés pour la Nature (TEN)”, the “Atlas de la biodiversité communale (ABC)” and the training of elected representatives in biodiversity protection.
ECOPHYTO ll + PLAN
OFB is in charge of the national strand of the Ecophyto II+ action plan (approximately €40 million in aid per annum) whose objective is to reduce the use of plant protection products for both agricultural and non-agricultural uses.
SOLIDARITY WITH THE FRENCH OVERSEAS TERRITORIES
To facilitate populations’ access to better drinking water and sanitation services, and also to take action in favour of biodiversity, the Agency supports overseas local communities via the inter-basin solidarity programme (more than €20 million in aid per annum on average).