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RAMOGE - campaign against marine pollution

Countries: France, Italy, Monaco
Border(s): France-Italy-Monaco,
Franco-Italo-Monegasque Riviera,
- Natural and rural areas
- Cross-border maritime cooperation
- The environment, resources and waste

The RAMOGE project (short for Saint-RAphaël - MOnaco - GEnoa) began with the creation in 1970 of a pilot zone for campaign against marine pollution in the coastal zone between Saint-Raphaël and Genoa. The RAMOGE Agreement represents an instrument for scientific, technical, legal and administrative cooperation, whereby the three Governments jointly agree on the actions to be adopted for the purposes of integrated management of the coast. By using it, France, Italy and Monaco make combined efforts to deal with the problems of marine pollution in the region. The zone has been extended and now stretches from Marseilles to La Spezia, or more precisely from the mouth of the Grand Rhône to the west, to the mouth of the river Magra in the east. In order to carry out its role successfully, the partners have adopted a functional structure including a commission, a technical committee, working groups and an executive secretariat.


  • The Principality of Monaco
  • The Musée Océanographique (Oceanographic Museum)
  • The Region of Liguria
  • The PACA Region
  • The Institut Géographique National (French National Geographic Institute) (IGN)
  • L´Accord sur la Conservation des Cétacés de la Mer Noire, de la Méditerranée et de la zone Atlantique adjacente (The Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Contiguous Atlantic Area) (ACCOBAMS)
  • The Institut Français de Recherche pour l´Exploitation de la Mer (French Research Institute on Use of the Sea) (IFREMER)
  • The Centre Régional d´Activités pour les Aires Spéciales Protégées (Regional Activity Centre for Special Protected Areas) (CAR/ASP)
  • The Instituto Centrale per la Ricerca Scientifica e tecnologica Applicata al Mare (Central Institute for Applied Scientific and Technical Research on the Sea) (ICRAM)
  • The United Nations Environment Programme
  • The International Hydrographic Bureau
  • The French Ministry of the EnvironmentThe Direction Régionale de l´Environnement (Regional Environment Directorate) (DIREN)
  • The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • The Italian Ministry of the Environment
  • The University of Genoa
  • The Centre Scientifique de Monaco (Monaco Scientific Centre)
  • The Fondation Nicolas Hulot
  • The Port Cros National Park
  • GIS Posidonie

Project goals

  • Understanding the state of the area concerned
  • Examining the problems of common interest related to water pollution
  • Harmonising analytical and working methods
  • Increasing awareness about the coastal marine environment
  • Promoting respect for the environment among the public
  • Supporting and instigating studies, research, sharing of information, and meetings of experts for the purposes of cooperation

Project activities

The activities undertaken by the Commission are focused on awareness and protection of the coastal waters. The various programmes of activity are defined every two years. In 2000 and 2001, they related to integrated management of the coast. They allowed "snapshots" to be produced which show its different characteristics and allow proposals to be drawn up for the attention of the decision-makers. For the years 2002 and 2003, the working groups were defined as follows:

  • Working group on "Awareness of the marine and coastal environment, and monitoring and control of telluric pollution"
  • Working group on "Harbours and users of the sea"
  • Working group on "Preventing and combatting polution events"
  • Working group on "Preservation of biodiversity"
  • Working group on "Raising public awareness"
  • Working group on a "System for geographical observation and information"
  • Working group on "Legal matters"

A tripartite action plan, known as RAMOGEPOL, was also drawn up under the RAMOGE Agreement. Signed in 1993, this outlines joint action to be taken by the three countries in the event of any accidental marine pollution.