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Industry sector: Droit maritime, droit de la mer, droit des affaires

Regions: Aquitaine, Basse-Normandie, Bretagne, Corse, Guadeloupe, Guyane, Haute-Normandie, La Réunion, Languedoc-Roussillon, Martinique, Mayotte, Midi-Pyrénées, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Poitou-Charentes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, Polynésie Française, Nouvelle-Calédonie, St Pierre et Miquelon

Contact: Christine LAIR

Fonction : Déléguée générale

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Phone: +33(0)144111170

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National Association of elected representatives of coastal areas  (ANEL)

ANEL was founded in 1978 by Antoine RUFENACHT, former minister and mayor of the city of LE HAVRE, to gather the elected representatives of the local authorities around the specific stakes of economic development and coastal protection.

Yvon BONNOT, former deputy of the Côtes d’Armor department, became president from 2003 to 2012 and was followed by Jean-François RAPIN, Senator of the Pas-de-Calais department and regional councilor of the Hauts-de-France region, who was elected in October 2012.

ANEL gathers the elected representatives of the local authorities, cities, departments and coastal areas of the French coastline of metropolitan and overseas territories. Currently 2/3 of the coastal municipalities, representing a vast geographical, economic and social diversity, are ANEL members. Each maritime façade is represented on the board of the association.

The Association is meant to be a place of exchanges and reflections between elected representatives, public partners and private sector, in order to be a force of proposals. The mission of the association is to represent its members and to be the preferential interlocutor of the public authorities for all questions about the sea and the coastline (integrated coastal zone management, prevention of risks, coastal erosion and marine submersion, sustainable coastal development, urbanization, dialogue and consultation, development of the economic activities, bathing waters’ quality, maritime heritage protection, development of the yachting, development of off shore marine energies installations, protection of coastal resources, biodiversity and marine environment, fisheries, knowledge, formation, public awareness campaign…).

ANEL inform its members of the legislative and statutory modifications relative to the management of territories which are subject to the “loi Littoral” (the 1986 law defining the rules of urbanization on the coastal territories) and to legislations concerning the urbanization, the environment, the water. It also informs its members about European directives and their implementation in French law.

The Association participates in the works of numerous official organisations: the National Council of the Sea and Coasts, the National Council of the Tourism, the National Committee of the Water, the French Coastal protection Agency (le Conservatoire du Littoral), etc.

ANEL also works with other associations of elected representatives:  the National Association of the Elected representatives of touristic territories (ANETT); National Association of the Elected representatives of Mountain areas (ANEM); French Mayors' Association (AMF); Association of the Regions of France (ARF); Assembly of the Departments of France (ADF), etc.

Every year, ANEL organizes its National Days of Studies where its members and other actors of the maritime sector can discuss the management of the coast and the sea to answer the double challenge of the environmental protection and the economic development.