Protected Area Network Across the CHannel Ecosystem (PANACHE)

Countries: France, United Kingdom
Border(s): France-United Kingdom,
Channel Arc,
European programme(s):
Interreg IVA - France-(Channel)-England
- The environment, resources and waste
- Natural and rural areas
- Cross-border maritime cooperation

Lead partner: Agence des aires marines protégées

The PANACHE project aims at networking Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Channel area, in order to determine common assessment and management methods, taking into consideration the ecological coherence of those cross-border marine areas. The project also provides for the development of joint strategies for protecting birds in those coastal areas.


  • Kent wildlife trust (United Kingdom)
  • Marine institute (United Kingdom)
  • Royal society for the protection of birds (United Kingdom)
  • Sussex inshore fisheries and conservation agency (United Kingdom)
  • Cornwall wildlife trust (United Kingdom)
  • Hampshire and Isle of Wight wildlife trust (United Kingdom)
  • Ifremer Boulogne (France)
  • Nausicaa (France)
  • Port de Dunkerque (France)
  • WWF-UK (United Kingdom)
  • Dorset trust for nature conservation (United Kingdom)

Project goals

  • Assessing ecological coherence across the marine protected area network.
  • Pooling and sharing experience in monitoring of these areas.
  • Strengthening coherence and fostering interaction for improved marine protected area management.
  • Heightening awareness of marine protected areas and creating a sense of ownership and shared expectations through citizen science programmes.
  • Creating a public GIS cross-border database.

Project duration

11/07/2011 - 30/06/2015

Total cost

4 774 334 €

EU funding

2 387 168 €