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Protected Natural Environments

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French laws passed in 1982 and 1983 granted regional councils the power to put into place schemes to protect, manage and open to the public certain sensitive natural areas. Finistère was one of the forerunners in this field, having already put such systems into place in 1969.

This is how the Finistère Departement acquired 3450 hectares of natural space spread over 169 sites in the years since 1973.  these areas include dunes, woods, archaeological sites, wild panoramas and marshland - which also help us to maintain our water preservation systems. The aim is permanently to safeguard the sites, landscapes and natural environments and raise their profile in order to open them to the public in direct consultation with the communities concerned.

The Département is also connected to the actions and missions of its partners, being
  • Parc Naturel Régional d'Armorique (PNRA)
  • l'Office National des Forêts (ONF)
  • le Conservatoire du Littoral (CEL)
  • Bretagne Vivante (SEPNB)

The scientific monitoring and on-site activites are assured by the National Botanical Conservatory of Brest and by various state-approved associations, acting as partners of the Conseil départemental of Finistère.

Natura 2000 Zones

Used throughout Europe, the Natura 2000 network aims to preserve and protect the biological diversity of our land and to raise awareness about our rich natural heritage. As of 2014, Finistère has a total of 40 Natura 2000 sites. http://inpn.mnhn.fr/collTerr/departement/29/tab/natura2000
Find all the listings of Natura 2000 sites in Finistère including deails about the sites, the habitats and the various species concerned on www.natura2000.fr.

To take with your

Find on cette carte détaillée du Finistère, humid zones, moorlands, cliffs, rocky coastlines, geological sites, rivers, islands, dunes, marshes, woods and of course, discovery centres. (file pdf 3.09 Mo)

Interactive map


Top-of-the-range places
Finistère trails

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