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The Strait of Dover in English Channel Area Meetings (Rouen, 21 November and London, 6 December 2013)

Published the 8 January 2014

The particularities of the Strait of Dover were once again highlighted not only at the time of the final conference of the CAMIS project (Channel Arc Manche Integrated Strategy) of the INTERREG IV A France (Channel) – England programme, in Rouen on 21 November 2013, but also in a meeting of the local coastal government agencies of the English Channel on the risks of maritime pollution in that area, in London, on 6 December 2013.

At the time of the final conference of the CAMIS project, in which the Pas-de-Calais County Council and the Kent County Council had spared no effort to have the particularities of the Strait of Dover recognised in the integrated strategy of the English Channel area in recent years, the British partner, co-leader of the European Straits Initiative with the Pas-de-Calais County Council, presented the strait’s various challenges which were uniting the two French and British local authorities on both sides of the English Channel. Many projects in progress in that maritime and coastal territory were evoked, the first of which was the NOSTRA project (Network Of STRAits), the first major project resulting from the European Straits Initiative, which promotes a cross-border and sustainable governance of the straits of Europe..

It was also in the CAMIS context that a portal project, attached to the cross-Channel atlas, focusing on the Strait of Dover, was evoked and should take shape during 2014, with the support of the University of the Opal Coast in particular.

Lastly, the co-operation dynamic between the Pas-de-Calais County Council and the Kent County Council on the straits of Europe in general and the Strait of Dover in particular continued during the meeting of the local government agencies of the English Channel on the risks of maritime pollution, which was held in London on 6 December 2013.

During that meeting, which was co-organized by the British Local Government Association (LGA) and Vigipol, based in Brittany and specialising in maritime pollution isues, Pas-de-Calais and Kent proposed to join a working group that would reflect on the implementation of the declaration of intent of the local government agencies on the risks of accidents and maritime pollution to which the Pas-de-Calais County Council had adhered earlier in 2013.

Bordering the busiest strait in the world which had given it its name (in French Pas de Calais Strait), the Pas-de-Calais had not ceased to defend the particularities of that territory for several years in many national, European or international arenas. An active involvement in those networks of local authorities concerned by the risks of maritime pollution was important if one wanted to preserve the coasts from an unhappy event before it was too late.

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