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Jordanne River Gorges

Practice on:

Creation of economic activity in natural area by taking advantage of nature and river gorges (attractive tourist visit) and protecting environment.

Practical details:
NUTS 2: FR72 Auvergne
Start date: 01.01.2006
Type of initiative:  public-private partnership
Description of the practice:

A sustainable tourist site in natural area needs public investment.

Initial investment has been run by local authority with public grants from Regional Council and Department Assembly. Main objective is to support business development.

The idea was to make accessible to the public a beautiful river gorge which was not accessible at all in order to create a new tourist offer. These river gorges are located in Natura 2000 area.
Wooden tracks, floating bridges and different other facilities were created in the river. In order to ensure a good quality of water in the site, a water treatment plant was creating up river.
Then an association (legal form) was created in 2006 to manage this site. Entrance fee is 3 €.


This public project has been monitored and created by a local public authority, Communauté de communes du Bassin d’Aurillac, thanks to the public policies of the Regional Council (40%) and Department Assembly (30 %). The total investment is about 850 000 €.

Evidence of success
Biological/biodiversity values:

30 000 people visit this site every year and discover a beautiful and very important site for conservation of the otter (Lutra lutra).

Visual impact and recreational value:

A new tourist offer with integrated amenities: through a 2 kilometers path, wooden tracks, floating bridges and different other facilities for discovering the river were created in order to welcome the tourist clientele, residents and holiday makers.

Environmental impact:

Thanks to the new water treatment plant, the quality of water is much better than before 2006.

Economic viability:

30000 people visit this site every year and pay entrance fee. Up to 8 people are employed by the association during the summer, i.e. 2 full-time equivalents. Tourist traffic increases economic activity in town.

Yes. Transfer of this practice is possible in another river gorges with environmental interest. Necessary amount depends on the topography of the chosen site.

Contact details:
Name: Yann Bonnefoy
Organisation: Communauté d'agglomération du Bassin d'Aurillac
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Completed on: 21.07.2011
Date added: 7.9.2011  Hits: 148
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