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Preserving biodiversity and managing protected areas are complex issues that require increasingly specialised tools and know-how. Achieving these objectives requires the professionalisation and networking of nature stakeholders, which are the missions entrusted to ATEN by its members.


ATEN is a public-private partnership whose legal structure (GIP) is intended, first and foremost, to provide services to its own members, which employ more than 6000 nature protection professionals. In addition, ATEN responds to the needs of other stakeholders and opinion formers who pursue similar objectives, even beyond the confines of protected area with variable terms and conditions (paid or free-of-charge).


ATEN works first and foremost in France (mainland and overseas territories), but it also carries out consultancy, exchange and representation activities in Europe (notably for the implementation of Natura 2000 network), and worldwide, to represent French nature managers and/or participate in exchange networks.


ATEN's activities that support nature professionals can be divided into four broad areas:

  • Training / Jobs: ATEN is one of the main training organisations for natural area managers, in response to their skills development needs and their right to lifelong learning. Its thorough knowledge of natural area stakeholders has enabled ATEN to become one of the leading organisations in this area, compiling a job reference base and developing a “biodiversity” professional field.
  • Thematic networking service : aten facilitates or is involved in technical exchange networks initiated by the french ministry responsible for ecology or other members. These thematic platforms enable the stakeholders concerned to share ideas and information, and to produce the common tools required for implementing biodiversity preservation activities.
  • Expertise / Services: ATEN has the expertise to assist its members and provide answers to their technical questions with regard to legal or international issues. In addition, some services are shared in order to facilitate managers' work on a daily basis (ICT tools, documentation).
  • Publishing / Communication: together with its members, ATEN designs and publishes the magazine Espaces naturels, providing nature protection professionals with a means for sharing and building upon their experience. In addition to this journal, we produce technical manuals, Cahiers techniques, for managers to use in the field. The nature managers gather together on an annual basis at events such as the Managers' Forum and the ICT Forum.