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Flora

Updated on 06/09/2018
Définition
Sens commun
Plant species growing in a given geographical area or environment.
Source
according to ADEME

Aquatic flora

Updated on 06/09/2018
Définition
Sens commun
Plant species growing in aquatic environments.
Source
according to ADEME

Cover crops

Updated on 25/02/2019
Définition
Sens commun

The vegetation that covers the ground. The vegetation cover of a soil is an agri-environmental good practice which induces benefits, such as the mitigation of nitrogen pollution, soil protection and a greater biodiversity.

Source
According to Unesco

Hydrophyte

Updated on 04/12/2018
Définition
Sens commun
It is an aquatic plant whose leaves and flowers are submerged. The hydrophytic plant grows attached to the bottom of aquatic environments or floating freely in areas of low current. For example, watercress, water lilies or duckweeds are hydrophytic plants.
Source
according to AFB

Helophyte

Updated on 04/12/2018
Définition
Sens commun
It is a semi-aquatic plant whose leaves and flowers are emerged at least partly. The helophytic plant grows on the banks or the bottom of aquatic environments, when the water depth is sufficiently low and when the bottom and weak current allow the fixation of the roots. For example, the common reed is a helophytic species
Source
according to AFB

Naturalized species

Updated on 08/07/2019
Définition
Sens technique

An introduced species that meets ecological conditions favourable to its sustainable establishment over time that can establish populations in an autonomous manner and integrated into the ecosystem.

Source
according to MNHN

Invasive Alien Species

Updated on 01/12/2020
Définition
Sens commun

A species that is indigenous or non-native to a given territory, proliferates and extends its range due to an increase in population density.

Source
according to MNHN

Marine protected area (AMP)

Updated on 13/07/2021
Définition
Sens commun

Espaces délimités en mer qui répondent à des objectifs de protection de la nature à long terme. Le code de l’environnement reconnaît différentes catégories d’aires marines protégées. La plupart des aires marines protégées permettent de concilier les enjeux de protection et le développement durable d’activités.

Le code de l'environnement (article L334-1 modifié le 24/07/2019), reconnaît différentes catégories d'aires marines protégées qui répondent chacune à des objectifs propres tout en étant complémentaires.

Source
d'après Ministère chargé de l'écologie et l'Ifremer
Sens technique

Espaces  délimités  en  mer  au  sein  duquel  un  objectif  de  protection  de  la  nature  à  long terme a été défini, objectif pour lequel un certain nombre de mesures de gestion sont mises en œuvre : suivi scientifique, programme  d’actions,  chartes  de  bonne  conduite,  protection  du  domaine  public  maritime,  réglementations,  surveillance,  information  du  public,  etc.  Sur  la  base  de  cette  définition,  l’objectif de protection n’est pas exclusif d’autres objectifs, notamment de développement économique maîtrisé (utilisation et exploitation durables des ressources marines).

Pour en savoir plus :

LOI n° 2006-436 du 14 avril 2006 relative aux parcs nationaux, aux parcs naturels marins et aux parcs naturels régionaux  et,

Source
d'après Ministère chargé de l'écologie

Living communities

Updated on 13/07/2018
Définition
Sens technique

All living organisms (animals and plants including microorganisms) that occupy a given ecosystem. This group of living organisms is characterized by a specific composition and by interdependence phenomena. It occupies an area known as biotope and with the latter makes an ecosystem. A biocenosis changes over time (pioneer phase, intermediate phase and equilibrium phase).

Source
According to the Ministry for the Environment and AFB

Fauna and flora habitats directive

Updated on 13/07/2018
Définition
Sens technique

Directive 92/43 / EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and  fauna and flora, known DHFF Directive. It aims to contribute to the maintenance of biodiversity by defining a common framework for the conservation of natural habitats - terrestrial or aquatic - and wild species of plants and animals of community interest. It obliges membres of  states designate

Source
According to the Ministry for the environment and AFB

Revegetation

Updated on 19/06/2018
Définition
Sens commun
All operations to cover a space with vegetation, grass, shrubs or trees.
Source
According to the Ministry for the Environment and AFB

Indicator species

Updated on 13/07/2018
Définition
Sens technique
Species used to characterize the functional ecological status of French streams: trout (brown trout) for salmonid habitats (usually cold mountain freshwaters or close to reliefs), pike for cyprinid habitats (slow lowland streams), and the grayling or white water cyprinids (barbel, dace, etc) for intermediate environments. These species are demanding and found in all natural environments with good status.
Source
According to AFB

Floristic list

Updated on 13/07/2018
Définition
Sens technique

Abundance of each taxa present in one or more basic hydro-biological samples taken during the same sample operation.

Source
According to AFB

Species of community interest

Updated on 13/07/2018
Définition
Sens réglementaire

Endangered or vulnerable or rare or endemic species (i.e. living on a well-defined territory) listed either in Annex II of fauna and flora habitats directive, then special areas of conservation have to be designated, or in Annexes IV or V of the fauna and flora habitats directive, and for which protective measures must be implemented on the whole territory.

Source
According to MNHN

Desertification

Updated on 06/09/2018
Définition
Sens commun
Decrease or disappearance of land due to soil erosion by wind or water.
Source
according to ADEME

Natural risk

Updated on 06/09/2018
Définition
Sens technique
Threat of a dangerous event caused by a natural phenomenon, called hazard, having damaging, unforeseen or badly prevented effects on developments, structures and people, the stakes being more or less serious, even catastrophic, according to their vulnerability. A natural risk is the confrontation between a hazard of natural origin and human, economic or environmental stakes.
Source
according to the Regional Directorate for the Environment, Planning and Housing (DREAL) of the-Loire region

Drought

Updated on 18/03/2020
Définition
Sens commun

State of the soil or of an environment resulting from a lack of rain. It generally occurs when the amount of rain is significantly lower than seasonal norms, and this over a fairly long period.

Source
According to International Office for Water

Hazard-prone area

Updated on 06/09/2018
Définition
Sens commun
Area exposed or that could be exposed to hazards or potentially dangerous events (flood, pollution, natural disaster, industrial accident) and where human, economic or environmental issues are involved.
Source
according to the Ministry of the Environment

Meteorological drought

Updated on 18/03/2020
Définition
Sens commun

A type of drought corresponding to a pronounced and prolonged deficit of precipitation.

Source
according to Météo France

Soil drought

Updated on 18/03/2020
Définition
Sens commun

A type of drought characterized by a water deficit in the surface soils (between 1 and 2 m deep), sufficient to alter the good development of vegetation.

Source
according to Météo France

Hydrological drought

Updated on 08/07/2019
Définition
Sens commun

Type of drought affecting water levels in environments: lakes, rivers or groundwater show abnormally low levels. It depends on precipitation but also on the state of the soil affecting runoff and infiltration.

Source
according to Météo France

Nature based Solutions (NbS)

Updated on 21/09/2020
Définition
Sens commun

Les Solutions fondées sur la Nature (SfN) sont les actions qui s’appuient sur les écosystèmes afin de relever les défis globaux comme la lutte contre les changements climatiques, la gestion des risques naturels (inondations, sécheresse, submersion marine), la santé, l’accès à l’eau, la sécurité alimentaire…

Les SfN visent à protéger, restaurer et gérer de manière durable les écosystèmes : la préservation des forêts, les rivières en bon état, la restauration et  le fonctionnement des zones humides, tout concourt à agir au plus près du terrain (actions locales pour un objectif global). Il est impératif que la société adopte une combinaison de solutions inspirées par la  nature, dérivées de la nature et fondées sur la nature : Il s'agit bien d'intérêt mutuel. La nature y gagne, et les territoires qui prennent ainsi soin des cycles naturels, du bon état des milieux ont aussi tout à y gagner.

En effet, des écosystèmes sains, résilients, fonctionnels et diversifiés fournissent de nombreux services écosystémiques et permettent donc le développement de solutions au bénéfice de nos sociétés et de la biodiversité, dans le cadre des changements globaux.

Source
d'après UICN, FNE

Hazard

Updated on 19/06/2018
Définition
Sens commun
Nature, occurrence, intensity and duration of a threatening phenomenon.
Source
According to SOeS

Vulnerability

Updated on 13/07/2018
Définition
Sens technique
Fragility and susceptibility when facing a given hazard or a given pressure.
Source
According to SOeS

Critical low flow

Updated on 13/07/2018
Définition
Sens technique

Low flow value below which the supply of drinking water for essential needs for human and animal life, and for the survival of the species found in the environment, are endangered. At this low-flow level, all possible measures to restrict consumption and

Source
According to the Ministry for the Environment and AFB