The Tour du Valat estate
Since July 2008, 1 845 ha have been set under the status of Regional Nature Reserve.
The following management principles are applied on the estate:
- Preserve this exceptionally rich natural heritage
- Encourage the implementation of research programmes by providing them with a site for experiments
- Maintain traditional activities compatible with conservation issues
Management is provided by a team with complementary knowledge and skills: management of horse and bull herds, maintenance of irrigation and drainage infrastructures, surveillance, follow-up of agricultural contracts, scientific monitoring, administration, and accounting.
A management plan to organise the estate
In 1986, the Tour du Valat drafted the first management plan for a Nature Reserve in France. Since then it has been updated every five years. It defines the objectives to be attained and the means of achieving them.
The lines of development of the plan attempt to preserve this exceptional natural heritage, to maintain traditional activities, and to develop research programmes on the site. The management of the estate respects both the maintenance of biodiversity and the optimal use of natural resources, in other words, a good integration of human activities and environmental conservation. In other words, the management plan is a scheme for sustainable development.
The experience acquired through this management plan has been transferred to other places in the Camargue and the Mediterranean region.
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Preserve this exceptionally rich natural heritage
Encourage the implementation of research programmes by providing them with a site for experiments
Maintain traditional activities compatible with conservation issues