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Livradois-Forez, a sustainable destination

Come and take a deep breath of fresh air, in the heart of nature!

The Livradois-Forez Regional Nature Park covers three départements: Puy-de-Dôme, Haute-Loire and Loire. Explore its 311,035 hectares of forests, plains, rivers and many other landscapes. Here in the Auvergne, environmentally-friendly tourism is possible. The Livradois-Forez region, with its rich natural and *cultural heritage, has built its identity on its distinctive features, while striving to preserve them. As a result, the major environmental challenges of this century are also its own.

The region boasts a wide variety of natural environments. Its geography is such that nature is close at hand. A land of contrasts, Livradois-Forez is home to remarkable flora and fauna. To preserve this natural space, the Park carries out studies, relies on a network of naturalist contributors and on the surveys carried out by its agents. Learn more about biodiversity to better protect it.

A responsible label: Regional Nature Park values

The“Valeurs Parc naturel régional” brand is an initiative of the Fédération des Parcs naturels régionaux de France.

It enables companies located in a Regional Nature Park to engage in collective and supportiveinitiatives, thereby contributing to sustainable development. By adopting this mark, companies commit to preserving the environment, improving the well-being of local residents and supporting the local economy. The Parks, in turn, work with these companies to enhance the unique natural and cultural resources of each territory. The brand is awarded on the basis of a rigorous contractual commitment to sustainable development.

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Livradois Forez Regional Nature Park commits to diversity with the Green and Blue Contract

The“Green and Blue Contract” of the Livradois-Forez Regional Nature Park is a committed project aimed at protecting and enriching the diversity of the ecosystems it shelters.

Focusing on the Dore watershed, the project runs for six years (2020-2025) and concentrates on key actions such as improving aquatic and wetland environments, enhancing biodiversity in forests and agricultural areas, and integrating green and blue webs into urban planning.

Through 64 detailed actions, the contract aims to restore waterways, diversify forests, encourage biodiversity-friendly farming practices and raise public awareness of the importance of ecological continuity. This project represents a strong commitment by the Park to the protection and enhancement of its natural heritage.

Are you familiar with green, blue and black grids?

Imagine our environment as a large jigsaw puzzle, each piece a natural habitat. The green, blue and blackwebs are like paths that connect these pieces. The green grid connects terrestrial spaces such as forests and meadows, enabling animals and plants to move and flourish. The blue grid does the same, but for aquatic environments such as rivers and lakes, ensuring the circulation of water and aquatic species.

Finally, the black grid tackles a less visible problem: light pollution. By preserving areas of darkness, it helps protect the nightlife of animals and the starry sky. Together, they help maintain a healthy, diverse environment for all living things.

Focus on Natura 2000 sites: 

The link between Natura 2000 and the green, blue and black corridors lies in their shared objective of preserving biodiversity and ecosystems. Natura 2000 is a network of natural sites across Europe, designed to protect rare or threatened species and habitats. Together, Natura 2000 and ecological networks form an integrated network that promotes habitat continuity and ecological connectivity across the landscape.

The Livradois-Forez Regional Nature Park is home to six sites included in the Natura 2000 network:

Sustainable travel in Livradois-Forez

If you’d like to spend a night bivouacking in the heart of nature, it’s possible to combine “respect for nature” with a “responsible holiday” in Livradois-Forez. Here are a few tips from the Maison du tourisme, to help you bivouac with peace of mind:

Bivouacking prohibited:
  • On a public road.
  • Within 500 m of a historic monument.
  • Less than 200 m from a drinking water supply.
  • In national nature reserves, state biological reserves and areas defined by decree.
  • Camping is forbidden in the Haut Forez classified site, but bivouacs are authorized.
  • It is forbidden to light fires within 200 m of the edge of a wood or forest.

Where to bivouac?
  • Bivouacs are tolerated as part of an itinerant trek.
  • Installation authorized at sunset and must be folded by sunrise.
  • Private or public landowner’s agreement required.
    Specific restrictions
  • Leave the site clean: take away all waste and personal hygiene products.
  • Restore site to its original state after bivouac.
  • Be discreet so as not to disturb wildlife, especially during breeding and nesting periods.

Find accommodation and travel eco-responsible

If you’re not in the mood to “bivouac” in the great outdoors, don’t worry! You can stay with service providers committed to the “Valeurs Parc Naturel Régional” approach. This approach respects nature, the environment and our heritage.

You’ll find a list of these service providers below. Come and meet them – the journey begins here, and it’s up to you to make the most of it.