Protected areas

Nature conservation in the Verdon region benefits from cooperation between various organizations dedicated to conservation, including the Parc national du Mercantour, the Parc naturel régional du Verdon, the protected areas of the Conservatoire d’espaces naturels (CEN) PACA and Natura 2000 zones.

Together, they form an essential protection network for the region’s fragile ecosystems. The Mercantour National Park ensures rigorous protection, the Verdon Regional Nature Park promotes sustainable development, the CEN PACA manages specific protected areas and Natura 2000 zones guarantee exceptional ecological value. Their collaboration offers a balanced approach to conservation, research, sustainable management and environmental education. This synergy ensures that the Verdon’s biodiversity and natural and cultural heritage will be preserved for future generations.

Protected areas

Natura 2000

Natura 2000 areas are sites designated by the European Union for their exceptional ecological value. In the Verdon, in addition to the Verdon Regional Nature Park, these areas play a vital role in protecting specific habitats and rare species. They function as special protection areas, contributing to the preservation of biodiversity on a wider scale.

Natura 2000 : Site à chauves-souris Castellet-les-Sausses et Gorges de DaluisNatura 2000 : Cheval Blanc – Montagne de Boules – Barre des DourbesNatura 2000 : L’AsseNatura 2000 : Le Grand CoyerNatura 2000 : Gorges de Trévans – Montdenier – Mourre de Chanier

Protected areas

Areas managed by the Conservatoire des Espaces Naturels (CEN)

The Conservatoire d’espaces naturels (CEN) Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) plays a crucial role in the preservation and management of natural areas in the Verdon.

CEN PACA is committed to a range of actions to protect these fragile areas. It acquires land, implements conservation measures and ensures sustainable management to preserve the biodiversity and unique characteristics of the Verdon regions. In-depth ecological studies are carried out to assess the fauna, flora and habitats present.

Rehabilitation of degraded natural habitats is also a priority. This involves restoring ecosystems, reintroducing native species and combating invasive species. At the same time, awareness-raising and educational initiatives are in place to inform the public about the importance of nature conservation and the Verdon’s unique ecosystems.

Regional Nature Reserve of Saint MaurinChâteau GarnierLe site de GuèguesLac des Sagnes, zone humide