WHAT IS A PARC NATUREL ET REGIONAL?
Haut-languedoc is one of 48 regional natural parks spread across France. These rural areas are nationally recognised for their outstamnding local heritage and landscape, but also for their fragility. They are also lived in. The towns and villages are among the parks’ stakeholders (along with regional, departmental and government organisations), and they commit to sustainable development plans, operating within a Park Charter.
This spirit of cooperation is different from other protected areas in France, such as the national parks, which are governed by regulations. A national park cannot also be a regional natural park, and vice-versa, although nature reserves can exist within a park.
Through contact with nature, the parks raise environmental awareness among their inhabitants and encourage visitors to learn more about the region through educational, cultural and tourist activities. parcs-naturels-regionaux.fr/en
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