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The Dover Strait invited to the 3rd CAMIS Cross-Channel Forum (Southampton, 20 September 2012)

Published the 10 January 2013

The 3rd Cross-Channel Forum held on 20 September 2012 in Southampton (United Kingdom), aimed to further the development of the Integrated Maritime Strategy (IMS) in the Channel and identify actions that will increase cooperation in the area. The European Straits Initiative took an active part in order to have the specificities of the Dover Strait recognised in the Channel area.

The 3rd edition of the Cross-Channel Forum has pursued previous work carried out in the framework of the CAMIS project (Channel Arc Manche Integrated Strategy), a French and British cooperation project co-funded by the Interreg IVA France (Channel)-England European Programme. The aim was to bring strategy closer to the reality on the ground by drafting an action plan that will be attached during publication, planned in June 2013. A post-forum consultation is currently underway in order to gather more proposals for action to finalise an action plan in early 2013.

The meeting was attended by 80 French and English participants involved in the protection and management of the Channel area. The attendees were mainly representatives of local authorities, the States, and European Institutions, marine environment protection groups, regional fishing committees, ports and transport operators, research centres, competitive clusters and sectors, universities, regional tourism boards and natural parks. The meeting concentrated in proposals for action that will enable us to meet the strategy's targets.

The Pas-de-Calais County Council seized this opportunity to present this European Straits Initiative and show how specific a territory as the Dover Strait is, a real laboratory for the implementation of integrated marine policies on a national and European level. The Strait was also presented as a strong part of the Channel area identity. A first step towards the recognition of straits in European Policy such as the Cohesion Policy and the Integrated Maritime policy.

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