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The FAME partnership includes partners from all Member States in the programme area: Ireland, United Kingdom, France, Spain and Portugal. Five of the seven partners, RSPB, BWI, LPO, SEO and SPEA, are national representative organisations in BirdLife International, and are all respected conservation NGOs with expertise in scientific seabird research and advocacy work. BirdLife International is a global partnership of conservation organisations in over 100 countries and territories worldwide that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources. The BirdLife partners frequently discuss issues of transnational importance and work together across borders whenever the need arises, subject to available funding and resources.
The other two partners, UMinho and WavEC, are based in Portugal, and bring expertise in engaging with fisheries and renewable energy sectors.

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

The RSPB is the UK charity working to secure a healthy environment for birds and wildlife since 1889. The RSPB’s marine IBA work is being pursued primarily through its advocacy to identify and implement a UK marine SPA network under the EU Birds Directive. This is achieved mainly through discussions with the UK Government and its advisors (the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, the country administrations and nature conservation agencies). The RSPB is advocating that the UK Government take the lead on the identification of marine SPAs within the UK EEZ.

BirdWatch Ireland (BWI)

BWI was founded in 1968 with the aim to protect and study birds and their habitat, and has recently updated the directory of terrestrial IBAs, including those designated for breeding seabirds. The future designation of MPAs in Ireland will hopefully include seaward extensions of these IBAs to protect feeding areas as well as other offshore sites which are needed for nonbreeding birds, as identified through this project. BWI has been working on monitoring seabirds around the Irish coast for many years, but a lack of resource prevents the large scale surveys required to identify the key MPA areas.

Ligue pour la Protection des Oiseaux (LPO)

Since 1912, LPO works through the protection of wild birds and the habitats upon which they depend. In France, MPAs are becoming more important in the French environmental context, as a Marine Protected Area Agency has recently been created with challenging objectives (including the creation of ten national marine parks before 2012). LPO has been contributing to this work, for example through a Report in 2007 on French Important Bird Areas (IBAs) for the Ministry, use of a method to define marine IBAs and work on an MPA Life+ project coordinated by the French MPA Agency.

Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves (SPEA)

SPEA is a non-profit environmental NGO that promotes the study and conservation of birds and its habitats by promoting a sustainable development for benefit of the future generations, and since 1999, SPEA has been the BirdLife International representative in Portugal.
SPEA has become the key seabird expert in Portugal, mastering the deployment of the most advanced electronic tracking devices to seabirds. In 2009, SPEA completed the first national inventory of Marine IBAs. This report published a list of seventeen Marine IBAs that should be soon classified as Marine SPAs under the European Birds Directive.


SEO/BirdLife has been working on the conservation of birds and their habitats, since it was founded in 1954. SEO/BirdLife is, together with SPEA in Portugal, a key leader on marine IBA identification, methodology testing and seabird research in Europe. SEO/Birdlife coordinated a LIFE Project named “Areas Importantes para las Aves (IBA) marinas en España”, over the period 2004-2009. As a result of this Project SEO/BirdLife presented in 2009 their national marine IBA inventory.

Universidade do Minho (UMinho)

UMinho is a public higher education institution, with a background on studies and monitoring networks implemented in the centre and north of Portugal. The present team coordinates several research problems dealing with aspects related with by-catch mortality, health status of several seabird species and rehabilitation of marine birds. At the same time the team has already establish a monitoring program on seabirds using opportunistic platforms and coastal census techniques. UMinho team has a long experience working together with fishermen on several independent observers programs and in strategic projects related with the mitigation of fisheries by-catch.

Wave Energy Centre (WavEC)

WavEC is a private non-profit association created in 2003 devoted to the development and promotion of offshore energy utilization thorough technical and strategic support to companies and public bodies. WavEC is one of the view entities world-wide that has real-scale offshore energy pilot plant experience, namely both with AWS pilot plant (2004) in Northern Portugal and the Pico OWC pilot plant on the Azores, knowing well the constraints and difficulties of wave energy utilization and monitoring. This experience is being substantially extended through the involvement in several European projects

This partnership will allow the experiences of marine protection in each member state to inform the decisions and processes in the others. Each partner will work in their own country, and play a role in transnational co-operation and the delivery of joint outcomes.


Sociedade Portuguesa de Vida Selvagem

S.P.V.S. (Portuguese Wildlife Society) began its work in 2000, and consists on a cooperation between various entities with interest and technical capacity to study and investigte wildlife. This society is constituted by investigators from several nationalities, and others that work on or support activities in environmental management, nature conservation, and related scientific areas. This scientific NGO is also responsible for the Quiaios wildlife rescue, recovery and breeding centre, and brings experience to the project, due to its extensive work with northern and centre Portugal local fishermen.

French Marine Protected Areas Agency

The French Marine Protected Areas Agency (Agence des aires marines protégées)was created in 2006, and it consists in a public entity under the control of an administrative board composed of national representatives of State, local authorities and stakeholders.
Its aims are:
-  support public policies in the field of marine protected areas, both concerning their creation and their management,
-  manage the human and financial resources dedicated to marine nature parks,
-  and give technical and administrative support to managers of marine protected areas.
Beyond its practical missions, the French Agency is due to foster the attention on marine biodiversity issues and to keep the momentum on the ambitious objective of establishing a significant marine protected areas network before 2012.

Martifer SGPS, SA

Martifer began its activity in 1900, and nowadays is a holding company of a group of enterprises focused on two different sectors, Metallic Construction and Renewable Energy ( Energy Equipment for wind energy, Solar, and Equipment for wind farms). One of Martifer's future objectives is to develop technologies for offshore wave energy. It is in this sense that the company supports FAME, betting on a environmental sustainable logic.


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