At the start of this year, CEN PACA launched a study on the interactions between military activities and biodiversity. The service provider, CEN Aquitaine, has released its initial results:

           -340 military bases are included in the Natura 2000 network

           - These are mostly dry grasslands, megaphorbia and coastal environments

           - Of the133 habitats of community importancein France, 129 are located at Natura 2000 sites that include a military base

           - The network covers 79 of the 83 areas of community importance present across France

This clearly demonstrates, if proof were needed, that military institutions have a vital role to play in protecting France's natural assets. A dedicated forum will take place on this issue at the next CEN seminar on 7 November 2013.