How protected is French nature? | Meta Mag

Marie-Amélie Brun | Meta Mag | 02.08/2018

A French network of nature corridors has been described by the European Commission as a success story in the fight against biodiversity loss. META takes a closer look at how France is doing on nature protection.

At the height of summer, France’s celebrated ‘green and blue belt network‘ — a network of nature corridors and reserves — will be teeming with amazing biodiversity such as European roe deer, Mediterranean horseshoe bats or beech marten.

The ‘green and blue belt network’ was established in 2007 following the signature of a ‘Pan-European Biological and Landscape Diversity Strategy‘ under the auspices of the Council of Europe. The aim was to establish a joined-up ecological network — the ‘European Green Infrastructure’ network — that would ensure protection for biodiversity across Europe. In response, ‘Le Grenelle de l’environnement’ — an open forum that brings together government representatives, environmental NGOs, social partners and local authorities — set up the green and blue belt network in France. The green belt focuses on the terrestrial part and the blue one on marine habitats.

According to a recent report published by the European Commission about France’s progress on implementing environmental laws, the development of the green and blue belt network has been a success in the fight against nature loss: