France counts 51 Natural Regional Parks involved in Heritage Preservation and Local Development Projects.

In 1968, the first Park was created a year after the signing of the Decree instituting Natural Regional Parks. Today, France counts 50 Natural Regional Parks (www.parcs-naturels-regionaux.tm.fr), representing 13% of the French territory, more than 4,200 communes, more than 8.5 million hectares and more than 3.8 million inhabitants. A non-profit organisation created in November 1971, the “Federation” represents the Natural Regional Park Network.

Its aims are:

  • To represent the collective interests of the Natural Regional Parks to administrations, parliamentary assemblies and institutional bodies, as well as their inclusion in the drafting of relevant texts and policies.
  • To take part in defining and implementing policies in favour of French rural areas.
  • To broadcast and promote the Natural Regional Parks’ ethic, and their actions in France and abroad.

The “Fédération des Parcs naturels régionaux” (Natural Regional Park Federation) is a structure for dialogue with other French and international protected areas – and with partners concerned by their actions; it is also the Natural Regional Parks’ resource centre, sharing experience, initiating think tanks, and providing specific tools to help them carry out their missions.

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 Natural Regional Park Network