A FRENCH DISTINCTIVE EXPERTISE
FOR NATURE & PEOPLE
Through its variety of ecosystems, its long history of integrated and locally managed protected areas, its range of complementary protection tools and its experience of landscape approaches that include people, France can be a source of inspiration for the creation and management of protected areas beyond its borders, in view of the 2030 horizon.
In France, protected areas and ecological corridors are essential components for the territories undergoing ecological transition. Their networks are established to conserve nature and protect biodiversity while both supporting the economic sustainability of human activities and strengthening social wealth of the territories. Such objectives are supported through a multi-scale biodiversity protection policy implemented through a large diversity of protection models and tools, combined with regulatory approaches, technical and financial incentive measures. Conservation is delivered through a large range of contractual or management modalities that involve civil society organization, local governments and municipalities as well as private landowners or companies in sectors such as agriculture, water, electricity and even ski-resorts of transport. This allows protected areas to match the needs of each territory and, through its inclusive governance, implements a whole-of-society approach. It promotes the French vision and commitment to ensure the access to nature for all.
NatureXpairs, the French Hub for Protected Areas and People is an alliance of French protected area managers with complementary skills, dedicated to the preservation, conservation and restauration of biodiversity. It provides French expertise to international partners and enriches its own practice through the exchanges of experience with other countries and a concrete peer-to-peer sharing approach.