Regional nature parks of France

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French regional natural parks (in green), national parks (in red) and marine natural parks (in blue).

A regional nature park[1] or regional natural park (French: parc naturel régional or PNR) is a public establishment in France between local authorities and the French national government covering an inhabited rural area of outstanding beauty in order to protect the scenery and heritage as well as set up sustainable economic development in the area.[2]

A PNR sets goals and guidelines for managed human habitation, sustainable economic development, and the protection of the natural environment based on each park's unique landscape and heritage. The parks also foster ecological research programs and public education in the natural sciences.[3]

As of 2019 there are 53 PNRs. These account for 15% of all French territory, over 7,000,000 hectares (17,000,000 acres). The parks encompass over 4,200 communes with more than three million inhabitants.[3] The PNR system was created by a decree of March 1, 1967. The territory covered by each PNR is decided by the French Prime Minister and is reexamined every 12 years.

Regional natural parks[edit]

In total 49 PNRs have been created, of which one subsequently lost its status and one was renamed. They are listed here in order of creation.

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  1. ^ Regional nature Parks of France Archived 2013-07-22 at the Wayback Machine by the Federation of the regional nature Parks of France, pdf. Retrieved 22 Jun 2014.
  2. ^ William M. Lafferty (2001). Sustainable communities in Europe. Earthscan. p. 181. ISBN 978-1-85383-791-3. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b Maison de la France (2008). "France Guide: Regional Natural Parks". French Government Tourist Office. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2011.