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The geographic position of mainland France, between land and sea, has given it a highly diverse natural heritage. Mainland France has among the greatest diversity of amphibians, birds and mammals in Europe. It is home to 40% of the species of flora found in Europe and over 50% of the natural habitat types of community interest.

Of the world’s 34 designated biodiversity hotspots, five land hotspots and two marine hotspots are in France. The oldest established National Park in France dates back to 1963, Parc national de la Vanoise. The French maritime domain covers 11 million square kilometres, making it the second largest in the world.

Today, there are a total of 9 national parks and 54 regional natural parks. France has managed to place 20% of its land and 16% of its marine habitats under protected status.

Related Sites

Site Name WDPA ID Country Region Status
Marais d’Episy Nature Reserve 83037 France Europe Listed
Donzère Mondragon Hunting & Wildlife Reserve -- France Europe Listed
Ile du Grand-Connétable National Nature Reserve 147302 France Europe Listed
National Nature Reserves of Haut-Giffre and Aiguilles Rouges 1526 France Europe Candidate
National Nature Reserve Contamines-Montjoie 6271 France Europe Candidate
Tour du Valat Estate 555514399 France Europe Candidate
Natural Reserve of Sainte-Victoire 147283 France Europe Candidate
Natural Park of the Coral Sea 555577562 France Europe Candidate
Complexe de la Cluse et Mijoux 555526045 France Europe Candidate
Lac et tourbières de Malpas, les prés Partot et le bief Belin Natura 2000 site 555526036 France Europe Candidate
Pelouses, milieux alluviaux et aquatiques de l’île de Miribel-Jonage 555526606 France Europe Candidate
Canigou-Conques de la Preste 555526767 France Europe Candidate
Marais des basses vallées de la Juine et de l’Essonne 83037 France Europe Candidate
Complexe lagunaire de Salses-Leucate 555526606 France Europe Candidate
Port-Cros National Park 663 France Europe Candidate
Bassin du Drugeon Natura 2000 site 555526032 France Europe Candidate
Parc National des Écrins 659 France Europe Listed
Managed Biological Reserve of Champ du Feu 62735 France Europe Listed
Hochfeld 330608 France Europe Listed
Bois Du Loc’H 345942 France Europe Listed
Côte Bleue Marine park 555547502 France Europe Listed
Orlu National hunting and wildlife reserve 83268 France Europe Listed
Regional Natural Park of the Northern Vosges 6307 France Europe Listed
Natural Marine Park of Iroise 388659 France Europe Listed
Pyrénées National Park (core area) 662 France Europe Listed
Marine Natural Reserve of Cerbère-Banyuls  4044 France Europe Listed
Terres australes françaises National natural reserve 345888 France Europe Listed
Guadeloupe National Park (core area) 147297 France Europe Listed
Coloraie du Volcan Forest Managed Biological Reserves -- France Europe Candidate
Saint-Martin National natural reserve -- France Europe Candidate
Western Seine Bay Nature 2000 site -- France Europe Candidate

Related Expert Assessment Group (EAGL): France

Overview

Status
EAGL fully trained

EAGL Chair
France

Allocated Reviewer
Mounia Essefiani

Standard Adaptation Status
Approved

EAGL Members

Jean-Philippe SIBLET

Jean-Philippe SIBLET



Frédérique CHLOUS

Frédérique CHLOUS



Bernard DELAY

Bernard DELAY



MICHEL BADRÉ

MICHEL BADRÉ



Louise LEZY-BRUNO

Louise LEZY-BRUNO



Jean JALBERT

Jean JALBERT



Stéphane HERITIER

Stéphane HERITIER



Roger ESTEVE

Roger ESTEVE



Sophie COSTE

Sophie COSTE



Richard DUMEZ

Richard DUMEZ



Emmanuel MICHAU

Emmanuel MICHAU



Nyls de Pracontal

Nyls de Pracontal



Gilles Landrieu

Gilles Landrieu



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