A few words on: The Regional Nature Reserve of Corsica

This reserve covers almost 40% of the island’s surface area, with an area of 365 000 hectares. One of the visible actions is the development of hiking activities, especially of benefit to the villages in the interior of the island. Classified for the first time in 1972, to be once again classified in 1999. With its rich and endangered natural and cultural heritage, it remains the subject of a concerted development project, based on the preservation and improvement of heritage carried out by all partners.

The project aims to protect and improve the natural, cultural and human heritage of its territory, by implementing an innovative policy of economic, social and cultural development, respectful of the environment.

Revitalisation of the rural area:
An essential approach is to ensure a new development for the interior of the island, by restoring social and economical life on the island.
The presence of teams on the territory, local eco-developers and technicians, has allowed and continues to allow engagement and support for various actions and achievements; for example, efforts towards mountain farming by restoring sheepfolds, and programmed operations of housing and heritage improvement, whilst collecting knowledge and popular ‘know-how’, as regards to archeology, crafts and fire prevention.

One of the most visible actions for the benefit of the villages in the interior has been the development of hiking activities; there are around 1500km of marked trails, with over 1400 beds available in lodges and shelters, on the trail paths between sea and mountain ‘Mare e Monti’, from one sea to another ‘Mare a Mare’, the GR20 and also, country trails.

Preservation and improvement of cultural heritage:
An essential mission remains the preservation and amelioration of the biodiversity, guaranteeing sustainable development and maintaining quality.
A large number of species or rare plant formations are present on the territory, including a high proportion of endemic. Some of these are particularly fragile formations, such as the ‘pozzine’, and subject to particular attention.
Fauna, also very rich, includes several threatened or endangered species: mouflon, osprey, bearded vulture. The reserve is actively working to improve their protection, leading a project of reintroduction of an extinct species, the Corsican deer, and completing the European project ‘Life Bearded Vulture’ and managing a ‘Life Nature Mouflon’.

The reserve also participates in the protection of sensitive areas (high altitude lakes), the preservation of traditional architecture (sheepfolds, mills, old houses), the development of buildings and small built heritage, the preservation of frescoes in Romanesque chapels, and archaeological remains (Pianu di Livia).

Source: Parcs naturels régionaux de France
Image: Plans & Guides

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