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About the Aten

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The ATEN contributes to the conservation of natural areas and heritage by creating networks and providing professional training for stakeholders. 

The ATEN is a public interest grouping (GIP) under French law created in 1997 the French ministry responsible for ecology. In 2010, its charter was extended until 2017 and enlarged to admit new members.
It brings together 21 bodies responsible for nature management and the protection of biodiversity, i.e the 19 members of Aten and 2 outside partners.

The ATEN's main operations are in metropolitan France and its overseas territories. However, it also provides expertise, participates in exchanges, and represents France throughout Europe (particularly for Natura 2000) and internationally.