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Afnic hails the inscription of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands on the World Heritage List

July 18, 2019

The French Austral Lands and Seas were recently inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This makes .tf the first French ccTLD to cover a “World heritage” zone.

 

The listed site includes the Crozet Archipelago, the Kerguelen Islands, Saint-Paul and Amsterdam Islands and spans an area of more than 673,000 square km, primarily comprised of sea, corresponding to the perimeter of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF) nature reserve, one of the world’s largest marine protected areas, created by France in December 2016.

The French Austral Lands and Seas are protected, and are also the subject of ongoing intense scientific research. Which is why most domain names registered under .tf are associated with research laboratories and academic institutions.

Afnic is proud to manage .tf, the TAAF (French acronym for the French Austral Lands and Seas) web extension. With 3,156 domain names registered at the time of its inscription on the World Heritage List, .tf is an active top level domain with average growth of 6.6% over the last 5 years. We are looking forward to be promoting the visibility of new scientific projects for the preservation of this zone through .tf.

 

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About AFNIC

Afnic is the acronym for Association Française pour le Nommage Internet en Coopération, the French Network Information Centre. The registry has been appointed by the French government to manage domain names under the .fr Top Level Domain. Afnic also manages the .re (Reunion Island), .pm (Saint-Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna) and .yt (Mayotte) French Overseas TLDs.
In addition to managing French TLDs, Afnic's role is part of a wider public interest mission, which is to contribute on a daily basis, thanks to the efforts of its teams and its members, to a secure and stable internet, open to innovation and in which the French internet community plays a leading role. As part of that mission, Afnic, a non-profit organization, donates 90% of its profits to its Foundation for Digital Solidarity. Afnic is also the back-end registry for the companies as well as local and regional authorities that have chosen to have their own TLD, such as .paris, .bzh, .alsace, .corsica, .mma, .ovh, .leclerc and .sncf.
Established in 1997 and based in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Afnic currently has 80 employees.